Stunning hilltop Castle with epic views not far from Glasgow to host Viking fun for families

The stunning Dumbarton Castle with Ben Lomond in the background
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One stunning castle that lies not far from Glasgow is offering a whole heap of family fun this weekend as some important guests come to town.

Just over half an hour's drive northwest of the city, and on the way to Loch Lomond, Dumbarton Castle is a prime example of Scotland's grand strongholds.

And this weekend, Saturday (June 8) and Sunday (June 9), it is hosting some Vikings and giving young fans to learn more about this fascinating part of Scotland's history.

The team at Dumbarton Castle said: "Come along to the castle and meet some Viking warriors, find out more about their weapons and invasion techniques. Listen to a Viking saga and discover what life was like for these seafaring Norsemen."

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Running from 12 until 4 pm on both days, the imposing castle, which sits at the base of Dumbarton Rock, is packed with history and is where William Wallace was taken following his capture in 1305.

The historical site reopened to the public last year, and has a rich history that stretches back over 1,500 years.

Standing sentinel over the point where the River Leven joins the River Clyde, it has seen wars between the Scots, the Norse and the English, and as well as being a royal stronghold, it was even involved in the defence of Britain during World War II.

According to Historic Environment Scotland, the site was originally known by its Brittonic name, Alt Clut (Rock of the Clyde) before later earning the Gaelic name Dun Breatann (Fortress of the Britons).

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