Threave Castle is situated in Dumfries and
Galloway southwest Scotland, 53 miles east of
22 miles southwest of Dumfries, 2 miles west of Castle Douglas
with good signs from the main A75 road.
The Castle has a small entrance fee, open 1st
April to 31st October: 10am to 4.30pm - 3.30pm in
October. Threave Gardens and Mansion are also on the
same estate, about 1 mile south.
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There is a walk just under 1 mile from the car
park and visitor centre to the castle, then a short
boat trip to the island in the River Dee. The upper
floors may be closed when birds of prey are nesting
in the castle.
Threave Castle was built in the 1369 for Archibald
the Grim Douglas, shortly after he became Lord of
The mighty Douglas Clan, some referred to as the
Black Douglases, are thought to have originated from
the Netherlands, first showing in Scotland records in
The Douglas fought for Scottish kings and gained
vast areas of land throughout Lanarkshire and
Dumfries and Galloway for their bravery in
1455 - King James II declared war on the Douglas
as he was informed they were planning to have him
assassinated so they could gain the throne of
The forces of James II attacked the Douglas
Strongholds including Threave Castle. They then
awarded the castles and land to loyal followers of
Threave Castle was used as a Royal Castle at that
1500s - Threave Castle was awarded to the Lords
1540s - the castle was captured by the English
forces of Henry VIII and held for a shot time.
1640 - a Royalist Garrison was besieged by
Covenanters at Threave Castle during the Bishops
Wars, as Scots fought to prevent the King becoming
head of their churches.
Damage to the castle at that time led to it being
1800s - Threave Castle was used to hold French
prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars.
1913 - Threave Castle was taken over by Historic
Environment Scotland to be preserved and to serve as
a tourist attraction.
2009 - Ospreys began nesting close to the castle
with an Osprey viewing area close to the castle.
2016 - Peregrine Falcons began nesting in the
castle leading to the upper floors being closed to
visitors during nesting months.
Buzzards are also seen in the area, with all three
birds having about a 4 foot wingspan, but there are
ways to tell them apart from a distance.
Peregrine Falcons feed on other birds so can be
seen stalking birds.
Ospreys feed on fish so can be seen flying over
water and swooping down to pick up fish..
Buzzards feed on small mammals, and have been
known to take small dogs. They normally glide slow
high in the sky and swoop down on prey on land.