Gilnockie Tower, Clan Armstrong

Gilnockie Tower, Clan Armstrong, Scottish Borders

This afternoon, I am focusing on Gilnockie Tower in the Scottish Borders region. This is the only survivor from around 60-80 stone or wooden towers of similar design in the region of Eskdale, Ewesdale and Liddesdale. The Tower dates from the 16th century and is cared for by Clan Armstrong due to the historic connections with that Clan.

The Tower was originally named Holehouse (house by the hole) with hole referring to the nearby quarry formed when the Tower was originally built.

There are four storeys including a Clan Room and Library plus a garret. The Tower bears a beacon-stance on the SSW gable.

An interesting building in scenic location. It usually features in Border Reivers themed tours.

Inside Gilnockie Tower, Clan Armstrong

Inside Gilnockie Tower, Clan Armstrong, Scottish Borders

 

Gilnockie Tower, Near Langholm

Gilnockie Tower, Near Langholm, Scottish Borders

Inside Gilnockie Tower, Clan Armstrong

Inside Gilnockie Tower, Clan Armstrong, Scottish Borders

Window Seat, Gilnockie Tower

Window Seat, Gilnockie Tower, Scottish Borders

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