The Clyde Valley has several castles worth exploring - here are some favourites
Be sure to ask your hosts if there are any exciting events happening at the castles in their area
Craignethan Castle is situated near Hamilton on the banks of the Nethan River and was the last private stronghold built in Scotland. The walls and keep are largely intact, possibly testament to its unique structure…the result of the architects previous successes at Linlithgow Palace and Stirling castle. It is believed that Craignethan was the inspiration for Sir Walter Scotts ‘Tilletudlem’ in his novel ‘Old Morality’. Open Summer Only. 1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.30pm Admission Charges Apply.
On the outskirts of the town of Hamilton lies Bothwell Castle, one of Scotland’s greatest and most battle worn castles. Subjected to numerous sieges, it was the seat of the Black Douglasses who feature prominently in the wars of independence. Recognisable for its striking red stone and impressive donjon. Open All Year Admission Charges Apply
In the Conservation Village of Douglas – Douglas Castle or, ‘Castle Dangerous’, as it became known in Sir Walter Scotts book of the same name. Now just one remaining tower, it is a site of pilgrimage for descendants of the Douglas Clan, who also visit St Brides Church to pay respect to ‘The Good Sir James Douglas’ in his beautifully carved tomb. Open all year. No Admission charge.