Torwood Castle is a ruined 16th-century L-plan castle near the village of Torwood. The estate was held by the originally by the Foresters of Garden, who were the foresters responsible for the nearby Royal Forest of Tor Wood from the second half of the 15th century until the mid-17th century. Based on the date found on a carved stone panel found not far from the castle in 1918, the castle has been estimated as being built around 1566 for Sir Alexander Forrester. It passed to Clan Baillie in the early 16th century and then to George, 1st Lord Forrester in 1635. The castle was captured prefatory to taking Stirling Castle during the 1585 successful rebellion of the Earls of Mar and Angus.

The castle was purchased by Gordon Millar in 1957, who slowly restored it, although he was only able to stabilise the stonework with help from friends.

The roofless castle is three storeys tall and comprises a vaulted ground floor, a first floor and an attic. The short wing housed the staircase and has gables at its north and south ends. It had a cobbled courtyard enclosed by three ranges of buildings, although little remains of them. Two rooms of the north range were excavated in 1999, revealing a kitchen and a well room.



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Founded: c. 1566
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Simon Jones (10 months ago)
The castle is partially ruined, but was clearly very attractive in its day. You can only walk round the outside, but the location is great!
Chris Grant (11 months ago)
Nice lil place with a blue lagoon but there's a bigger castle no far from there thats a good place to visit. Hint hint try looking near the ?... if you know, you know.
Colin McCulloch (12 months ago)
The building looks interesting enough, although it's completely sealed so no look around the inside is possible. Unfortunately the visuals are somewhat spoiled by some discarded building materials etc around the site of the castle. Between the castle, the blue pool and the broch (which I couldn't find) the potential for a good area of interest is there, but unfortunately nobody seems to care enough to promote or maintain these sites.
Laurynas Sadzevicius (12 months ago)
Nice, cozy, spacious and a nice fog around :D
Laura Allan (13 months ago)
Torwood castle links in with tappoch broch lovely area totally underestimated we found the blue pond which was majestic been here twice now and still not covered it all so another visit required, I spoke with a gentleman who is restoring the castle and the sat nav will tell you to go down a road but there are signs saying no unauthorised vehicles he said to ignore this as it’s there’s no forestry works now
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