Situated on the Isle of Bute, Rothesay Castles dates back to the early 13th century and is remarkably well preserved in spite of its age.
Built by the Stewart family to defend against invading Vikings, Rothesay Castle’s immense circular curtain wall makes it unique in Scotland. It was occupied by Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence and served as a base for Cromwell’s troops in the late 17th century. The great hall in the gatehouse was restored by a Marquess of Bute in 1900. It houses an interpretive display about the history of the castle and its inhabitants
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