Caerlaverock Castle, Scotland

Today, I spent an enjoyable couple of hours visiting Caerlaverock Castle near the Solway Firth on the Scottish side of the England-Scotland border.

Caerlaverock Castle, Scotland

In fact, there are two castles here. Visitors can view foundations of the first castle which has its origins around 950 and was occupied until around 1220. Then, the controlling Maxwell family built and moved into a spectacular new castle where they remained until 1640. It is this ‘new’ castle which is the principal visitor attraction today.

Caerlaverock Castle, Scotland

 

The key features of the ‘new’ castle are:

-Unique, triangular shape sitting in a water filled moat.
-Featured the Scottish Wars of Independence conflict with England.
-Entrance flanked by two great towers dating from the 13th century.
-Courtyard.
-Maxwell lodging in upper floors of the gatehouse provided high status accommodation.
-Spacious, new lodgings built in early 17th century, known as the Nithsdale Lodgings. At this time the countryside was less prone to warfare.
-Murdoch’s Tower and West Range.
-West and East curtain walls.

A stunning and romantic edifice situated in a pretty, nature conservation area with ancient woodland.

 

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