Broughty Castle was erected in 1490 by the 2nd Lord Gray, on a charter from James IV, in response to increased English naval activity. It was taken without a shot fired by the English in 1547, and reclaimed by the Scots two and a half years later. The castle fell back into English hands in 1651.

In 1860 the threat of French invasion prompted Broughty’s conversion from a ruin to a modern artillery defence. The castle was further altered in response to the German threat in the two world wars.

The castle now houses a museum run by Leisure and Culture Dundee. It contains displays on the life and times of Broughty Ferry, its people, the local environment and the wildlife.

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Founded: 1490
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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David McCulloch (20 months ago)
This was a superb worth while excursion lots of history to read and see. A bit more suited to grown ups but no less worth the visit. I was amazed it was free as I've paid for less.
Kathy Hurcombe (20 months ago)
Did not go inside Castle but Broughty Ferry is a lovely place to spend the day, Beach. Playpark for children Shops were lovely different from the run of the mill shops, certainly worth a visit, first time we had been but would certainly go back
Mark McConachie (20 months ago)
Interesting historic building at the harbour mouth. Good view over said harbour and of the estuary. Somewhat windswept given its exposed location. Good nonetheless.
John Deutschland (21 months ago)
You can enter and see the wonders, good choice for family, there are freezed animals just like a live museum and on the top you can see a nice 180 view of the surroundings. Beside the castle there is a beach and its just an amazing place
Andy McDougall (22 months ago)
Lovely castle dating back to the 15th Century. Inside they have information on the local environment and the history of Broughty Ferry. Well worth a visit, however it has narrow spiral staircases so may not be suitable for all.
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