Hawthornden Castle comprises a 15th-century ruin, with a 17th-century L-plan house attached. The house has been restored and now serves as a writer's retreat. Man-made caves in the rock beneath the castle have been in use for much longer than the castle itself.

The castle comprises a roughly triangular courtyard, approximately 24m long and 12m at its widest point, projecting north-west along a rocky promontory on the south bank of the River Esk. The 15th-century tower is situated at the south-east corner. Around 8m square, the tower is ruined, although the recent renovation included the installation of a library in the tower basement. There is also a rib-vaulted pit prison beneath the tower. Windows on the south curtain wall show that a range of buildings once stood here, although these are now all gone. A well in the west end of the courtyard supplied the castle's water.

The 16th century range is to the north, and is linked to the tower by a 16th-century wall, in which is the entrance. The range is of three storeys and an attic, and was originally harled. The renaissance-style doorway is of later date, as is the iron knocker with the initials of Sir William Drummond (the son of the poet) and his wife, Dame Barbara Scott. There are three gunports around the doorway, with a fourth in the tower. The last addition to the castle was a single-storey range to the west, built in the late 18th or early 19th century.



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History Enthusiast חזיר מעופף (2 months ago)
The other side of the castle. Summer acces through river esk via Roslin , caves and portal look like entry / exit, close from inside ¿ photo 20 & photo 3 stairs to Valhalla 100 feet drop to the river north esk
James Livingstone (7 months ago)
Fantastic views all around, cant wait to get back on a sun filled day ! Great location
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Rena Priest (2 years ago)
For a while, I got to be a princess in a poet's castle in Scotland.
annalina molteni (7 years ago)
I was a guest at Hewtthordnen Castle in September 1993, staying in the Boswell room. During the stay I finished the novel "Il guado della maltinta", which was published in Italy by Equitare. Today, by chance, I saw a current photo of the "Boswell" door and, to my surprise, I noticed that my name does not appear. The photo in my possession ends with Eric Gammalinda and then there should be my name. Not that it matters so much, but why was it omitted? In 1993 I was the only Italian writer to have been to Howthordnen, today there is no more trace. Why? I hope they haven't even deleted my brief farewell story in the guestbook. Mah! I don't want to think about geographic discrimination ... after all, Tuscany is full of Anglo-Saxons!
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