Ardrossan Castle, North Ayrshire, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Ardrossan Castle which is located in the town of Ardrossan about 35 miles S.W.of Glasgow in S.W.Scotland.This is one of a number of medieval castles positioned along the Clyde Coast.

The defensive site on which the castle ruins can be seen appears to be  classic motte and bailey design, although the mound may be natural. It certainly affords a high elevation vantage point overlooking the Firth of Clyde waterway.

A summary history of the castle site is as follows:

  • Original castle, which was owned by Clan Barclay,  may have dated from the 13th century or earlier as it was partly destroyed during the Scottish Wars of Independence (1296-1357) and the English garrison slaughtered.
  • Rebuilt by Clan Montgomery in the 15th century.
  • Fell into disuse and was looted for its stone by Cromwell’s army in the mid-17th century.
  • Now a hazardous ruin comprising keep, range, cellars and a well.

View of Isle of Arran from Ardrossan Beach

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