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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Ann McKenzie (3 months ago)
A must visit. Been a few times and never disappointed. Great walks and views all around too.
macedonboy (3 months ago)
This building is in ruins. The building once belong to Clan Forrester, but had fallen to disrepair long ago. It's not possible to visit inside the building, although there were people inside when I visited. These are part of the conservation group trying to save the building. Unfortunately, due to Covid, they couldn't give me a tour. Although they did say that once restrictions are over, there are plans to provide guided tours, so good luck to them. I was pretty content with viewing the building from the outside anyway as the building looked in a perilous state. It's an L-Plan building three storeys tall. Even from the outside, it was obvious, the roof and floors of the first floor and attic are largely gone.
Lorraine Delaney (3 months ago)
Absolutely love it
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Dustin Steiner (5 months ago)
What a creepy place. You can walk around and look at it, but there's cameras and cars and possibly people partying inside. Still a lovely ruin.
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