Visitors at Gilnockie.

This evening, 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 situated on the west bank of the River Esk. The Tower is privately owned and known as the Clan Armstrong Centre. However, there is no documented proof of connection with any Armstrong prior to the 20th century.

First Floor at Gilnockie.

Second Floor Bedroom at Gilnockie.

Third Floor Museum at Gilnockie.

Third Floor Window Seat.

Doorstep featuring Neolithic era ‘cup and ring’ decoration.

The Tower was originally named Holehouse (house by the hole) with hole referring to the nearby quarry formed when the Tower was originally built.It was registered as Gilnockie in 1937 and as Gilnockie Tower in 1981. At the latter date it was described as “this oblong tower-house of 16th century date stands to a height of four storeys and a garret and bears a beacon-stance on the SSW gable. Attributed to the Armstrongs.” There is speculation that the Tower was connected with the infamous Johnnie Armstrong, the last Chief of Clan Armstrong.

The Tower is open seven days a week and incorporates a cafe facility.Can be included in a day tour of Armstrong connected sites in the locale.

Gilnockie Tower is located close to the village of Canonbie, five miles south of Langholm and sixteen miles directly north of Carlisle.