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Caerlaverock Castle

Overview

Caerlaverock Castle is an impressive and unusual triangular shaped castle a few miles South of Dumfries on the Solway coast. With its moat, two-towered gatehouse, and imposing battlements, it is a fine example of a medieval stronghold. The castle's turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England which made it a strategic objective in Border conflicts.

After a history of frequently changing hands between English and Scottish forces, the castle's last battle was during 1640 when it came under siege from a force of Covenanter. The Covenanters were a Scottish movement that rebelled against the interference of the King Charles I in the Scottish church. After holding out for 13 weeks, the garrison inside the castle surrendered to the Covenanters. After 1640, one of the castle's towers and a section of outer wall were deliberately dismantled to prevent its further use as a fortress.. The ruins are still very impressive and the castle has a surprisingly refined 17th century Renaissance house, called the "Nithsdale Apartments",  within its walls.

This is an attraction that is worth a detour from Dumfries as it ticks all the classic images of what a castle should be with its moat, drawbridge and gunloops. There is also a replica catapult in the grounds for attacking the castle inhabitants.

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Address:

Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG1 4RU

Operated by:

Historic Environment Scotland

Opening Hours:

1 April to 30 September, Daily 9.30am to 5.30pm 1 October to 31 March, Daily 10am to 4pm Last tickets sold 30 mins before closing time Closed 25th, 26th December and 1st, 2nd January

Admission:

£ 6.00 adult, £ 3.60 child, £ 4.80 senior

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

English

Accessibility:

Yes

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

Yes

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