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Craignethan Castle, Lesmahagow

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Craignethan Castle is a ruined castle in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is located above the River Nethan, a tributary of the River Clyde, at NS816464. The castle is two miles west of the village of Crossford, and 4.5 miles north-west of Lanark. Built in the first half of the 16th century, Craignethan is recognised as an excellent early example of a sophisticated artillery fortification, although its defences were never fully tested.

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  • Great history and interactive talk and information provided by a very funny and knowledgeable fellow obviously passionate about Scottish history. Loved it.  more »
  • I have to say I had a wonderful day here the staff were very friendly the place was well maintained, there was lots to see in such a small area and the cost was very reasonable.  more »
  • We travelled from Dunbar to Craignethan Castle today to meet a friend - quite a long journey. The castle was closed. A passer-by said the custodian was ill, for which we are sorry, but surely...  more »
  • Excellent part of historic Scotland, kids loved it very exciting for them reading g and learning all about it. If I would have done one thing differently it would have been to take a picnic lovely setting for it. There is also a nice walk outside the castle down the gorge
  • Had an incredible day! Was sooo lucky to get a private tour and really enjoyed it! Incredible ruins and very nice surrounding area.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at Craignethan castle. An unexpected surprise to find that much of the original castle still stands. Enjoyed exploring both inside the castle and the castle grounds. Having a tour guide available really added to the experience also. Very informative and pleasant time. Great to enjoy the surrounding views and walk the gorge walk also. Would visit again and recommend to others.
  • An interesting Castle ruin with unique design elements. Well posted. Toilet under repair and no temporary Lou.
  • A lovely day out, free for Historic Scotland members. The view of the castle from the car park doesn't do it justice. The castle is much larger than it seems and has plenty of places for kids to explore. Once you're done with the castle, there is a walk to the gorge to complete.

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