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Two Medieval Castles For The Price of One

15 July 2009

Special Offer for Dumbarton, Newark and Rothesay Days Out

Visitors can enjoy two great Medieval Scottish castles for the price of one in a special deal for the 2009 Year of Homecoming.

The offer runs from the 8th to the 11th of August and includes the castles of Dumbarton, Newark and Rothesay.

Simply pay the normal entry price at one of the castles then present the ticket at a second and get in free.

A family with two adults and two children can save £14.80 on a visit to Newark Castle and £16.80 at either Dumbarton or Rothesay.

The offer has been arranged to coincide with the ASTO Small Ships Race, which will berth in Greenock, and is part of the 2009 Year of Homecoming.

Kari Coghill, Historic Scotland acting visitor services and business development manager, said: “We are proud to support this Year of Homecoming event with a special offer to some of the wonderful castles in the area.

“It will be a great chance for local residents to save money on a lovely day out and we hope it will help attract visitors from outwith the area.”

Notes for editors:

  • Dumbarton Castle is in Dumbarton off the A82. Telephone 01389 732167. Normal ticket prices are £4.20 for adults, £3.20 for concessions and £2.10 for children.

  • Newark Castle is in Port Glasgow on the A8 at Newark. Telephone 01475 741858. Tickets are £3.70 for adults, £3.00 for concessions and £1.85 for children.

  • Rothesay Castle is on the Isle of Bute, in Rothesay. Telephone 01700 502691. Tickets are £4.20 for adults, £3.20 concessions and £2.10 for children.

  • The ASTO Small Ships Race takes place from 8-11 August when participants berth in Greenock, the birthplace of engineer James Watt. Crew members can learn about Inverclyde's connections with Robert Burns and see the replica of Europe's first sea-going paddle steamer, the Port Glasgow built Comet. Visit www.riversideinverclyde.com for further details.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places.  

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.


For further information


Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871
rebecca.hamilton@scotland.gsi.gov.uk