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Dumbarton Castle Society


                                               THE ROCK OF AGES 2022  


The postponed Rock of Ages event, originally planned for June 2020, will take place on Saturday , 11th and on Sunday , 12 June this year, 2022. 

Dumbarton was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Strathclyde, and later the county town of Dunbartonshire, now of West Dunbartonshire, since 1996.


 Dumbarton Castle, on top of Dumbarton Rock, dominates the area. What's in a name?


Dumbarton was a Royal burgh between 1222 and 1975. Therefore, this timeline of 800 years since the town's first appointment as a Royal Burgh will form part of these celebrations.


In June 2018, Dumbarton Castle hosted an event which captured and epitomised 2000 years of Scottish history.

Visitors met the soldiers from the First World War and saw enacted battle scenes in ‘no man’s land’ to find out what life was like on the front line. There was also an aerial display by a replica British fighter SE5 aircraft used in the First World War.

There was also representation from the armed forces and services from World War II with various battle scene enactments taking place during the day.

The suffragettes had a strong presence at the event, celebrating 100 years since British women first got the vote.

There were history camps where visitors met historic characters, including Mary Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, Napoleonic soldiers., the Vikings and Roman soldiers.

The following link ,  https://youtu.be/6sk8R07WfYI  ,  is an excellent video of the 2018 event which was captured by

Mr Ronnie Paton, local amateur photographer and videographer,  

In 2019, the Vikings played a starring role, celebrating Norse heritage in Scotland, and revealing how their influence continues today. Hearing about the different stages of Viking activity, from raiding to conquest, and settlement to integration. You may have come away asking yourself, ‘are we all Vikings?’

Saturday 11 June 2022 and Sunday 12 June 2022 Dumbarton Castle11am - 4pm (Free -  £31.00) Tickets £9.00 Adult (16-64yrs) £7.00 Concession (65yrs+) £5.50 Child (5-15yrs) Under 5s go free. Children must be accompanied by an adult £18.00 Family (1 adult + 2 children) £26.00 Family (2 adults + 2 children) £31.00 Family (2 adults + 3 children) Free for Historic Scotland Members.

Come along and enjoy what will be a weekend of exciting displays, exhibitions and events whilst increasing your knowledge of local history and from much further afield.

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