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West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has welcomed the announcement that Dumbarton Castle is set to reopen to the public in early Spring.

Access restrictions have been in place at the castle grounds at Dumbarton Rock since early 2022, to allow for high level masonry inspections and repairs to be completed.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES), the public body responsible for managing the site, has said it hopes to welcome visitors back to the 800-year-old stronghold by March 2023.

Scotland’s Culture Minister Neil Gray visited Dumbarton Castle last year at the request of local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes, after being invited to view the conservation and inspection works undertaken by HES.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:

“It’s good news that Dumbarton Castle is finally set to reopen to visitors after its temporary closure.

“Dumbarton Castle is one of Scotland’s most important historical landmarks. It has great potential for the area and I’ve been in discussions with officials for some time about efforts to improve the on-site visitor experience.

“I was pleased to welcome Scotland’s Culture Minister to Dumbarton Castle last year. We had a productive meeting alongside Historic Environment Scotland about the important ongoing conservation works.

“The castle’s reopening in Spring is something to look forward to. I intend to visit again soon and will continue working to ensure this iconic site receives the investment it deserves.”

Details of the reopening of Dumbarton Castle available here:

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