Dumbarton Castle - West Dunbartonshire
Not so much a castle as a natural fortified rock, an old volcanic core.
Being a natural defensive location at a key position on the River Clyde this
rock has been defended and of strategic importance since the Iron Age.
Dumbarton Rock is 243 feet (74 metres) at the highest point and is the hard core
of an old volcano, the outer shell of which has eroded over millions of years.
It overlooks both the Clyde to the south and the River Leven to the west,
giving it easy access to the sea and shelter for boats, a very important means
of transport and communication in medieval times.
(Dumbarton with an “m” for the town and Dunbartonshire with an “n” for the county.)
Dumbarton Rock is on the north bank of the River Clyde, west of Glasgow.
Its well-defended entrance under the wall and up a narrow stairway makes
it an ideal place to defend with just a few men.
It was once the stronghold of the Kings of Strathclyde and has strong links
to James V and Mary Queen of Scots and numerous other figures in Scottish
It's a compact site, making it hard to get decent wide angle views.
This is the armoury, tucked into a safe place on the rock.