Bothwell Castle

Bothwell, United Kingdom

Bothwell Castle is a large medieval castle, sited on a high, steep bank, above a bend in the River Clyde. Construction of the castle was begun in the 13th century by the ancestors of Clan Murray, to guard a strategic crossing point of the Clyde. Bothwell played a key role in Scotland's Wars of Independence, changing hands several times.

The huge cylindrical donjon was built in the 13th century, but before the rest of the castle was completed it was severely damaged in a series of sieges. Rebuilding in the early 15th century enlarged the castle, but it was abandoned by the 18th century. The present ruin is rectangular, with the remains of the donjon to the west, and the later Great Hall to the east. The courtyard is enclosed by long curtain walls, with round towers at the south-east and south-west corners.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Chris De Rosa (12 months ago)
Bothwell Castle is in a beautiful location and the grounds are very much enjoyed on a sunny day. Unfortunately, at the moment, the actual castle is closed until further notice due to unsafe masonry and is surrounded by ugly fencing to keep people out. Very sad and disappointing ?
Nicola (12 months ago)
Lovely walk around the castle grounds , also different paths can be taken along water etc .
Rob Croydon (13 months ago)
We walked from Livingstone’s birthplace in Blantyre up towards Blantyre Priory ruins and we had great views of Bothwell Castle from the opposite bank of the River Clyde. Great views of the castle but walking boots needed as the paths were quite steep in places and muddy.
Michał Niezgoda (13 months ago)
Wonderful building. We only walked around the outside area but it still made a big impression on us.
darren m (2 years ago)
Stunning castle sitting next to the river clyde. Quite alot remains considering it was besieged 6 times. Well worth the visit and some nice walks along the river as well.
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