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Portencross Castle, also known historically as Portincross Castle, is situated in Portencross, on the west coast of Scotland, about 3 km from West Kilbride. The site has been fortified since the 11th Century. The present tower castle is thought to date from the mid-14th Century and later. It remained in use until it was unroofed by a great storm in 1739 and gradually became ruinous. The castle was designated as a scheduled ancient monument in 1955.PutPortencross Castle into our West Kilbride attractions planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
The castle was one of the buildings featured in the 2004 series of the BBC television programme Restoration and was the subject of efforts by a local community group to secure its future.
Portencross Castle reviews
A lovely castle in an amazing place which is surrounded by fab views of Arran and beyond. Easy access to the castle and there is a car park just before it. Would recommend a visit if passing!
A lovely castle in an amazing place which is surrounded by fab views of Arran and beyond. Easy access to the castle and there is a car park just before it. Would recommend a visit if passing! more »
A total gem credit to all involved the castle stands guard on the coast a sentry to the past interior spaces to explore friendly and enthusiastic guide one of the delights of the ayshire...
A total gem credit to all involved the castle stands guard on the coast a sentry to the past interior spaces to explore friendly and enthusiastic guide one of the delights of the ayshire... more »
I was very impressed with how lovingly and professionally this wee castle has been restored. The display boards telling its history are really attractive and there are free leaflets you can take away. The views from the top are stunning! Volunteers from the Friends of Portencross Castle are there to welcome you and answer questions. A gem of a place in a beautiful location next to the old harbour and beach walks. Entry is free, donations appreciated.
So so beautiful, excellent for walking, wear boots. Castle worth a visit especially for view at top, truly amazing. Gorgeous in summer as well, especially the bay for taking a swim. Walking boots advised as is waterproof jacket, weather can change quickly so better to be prepared. Some of the scenes from Outlaw King was filmed here, excellent place for bird watchers, look up at hills for some amazing birds. Also good place for fishing and seal watching.
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