I spent a day off visiting castles. Dumbarton and Newark (Port Glasgow) were great, but it was the third castle we visited that made my day. Portencross holds special memories for me: my dad used to take me fishing from the pier there and I can remember finding a way to sneak into the ruined castle. Much to my delight, I recently discovered that a group of enthusiasts have managed to raise the funds necessary in order to restore and renovate the building. But I'd quite forgotten that the intention was to open the castle for the first time during the Spring school holidays, so it was fantastic to find it open and that we could climb up the tower. It's well worth a visit and it's a tremendous tribute to all those who have worked so hard to make it possible. Entry is free (though donations are appreciated) and the doors are open from 11am-4pm every day until the 17th April. Thereafter the plan is to open at weekends or by arrangement.