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Bothwell Castle, Uddingston

Castle · Historic Site
Bothwell Castle is a large medieval castle, sited on a high, steep bank, above a bend in the River Clyde in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is located between Bothwell and Uddingston, about 10 miles (16 km) south-east of Glasgow. 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. The castle was described by Scottish archaeologist William Douglas Simpson as one of the "foremost secular structures of the Middle Ages in Scotland".
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  • Visited here and we were happy to wander round the ruin. We will come back once the building has opened as it would be interesting to see inside for the small £3 price tag. We then walked along...  more »
  • Great to visit - cycled here a few times. Couldn’t get the bike through easily so had to chain up for a wander round. Great walking connections to Bothwell etc  more »
  • The ruined castle sits close to the town of Bothwell and is surrounded by woodland walks along the banks of the river Clyde,on a sunny day people lounge about on the grassy knolls surrounding the...  more »
  • Interesting castle with plenty of historical longevity set in some lovely grounds. Some of the masonry and architecture is very different and reminiscent of the different phases of its life. Easy enough Pushchair and Disabled access to the courtyard, with some toilets on-site too and a small shop. The interior is calm and there are places and benches to relax. There was building work when we were there and you cannot access some areas, which was unfortunate, though it would be better when complete.
  • Bothwell Castle - yes somewhat a pile of rubble, but so much history behind it. The sandstone is pretty worn and fragile, and many of the original stones were taken by a later owner to use on Bothwell House. We enjoyed our first visit to a Scottish castle and the fine summer weather that made the primarily outdoor viewing a pleasant experience.
  • Nice open area, the castle is largely accessable, good near by walks and a picnic area is situated in the grounds. Sufficient parking.
  • Fantastic place for a relaxing walk. Castle and grounds clean, idy and great for photographs. Recommend this place for a relaxing walk. The river flowing behind castle has a nice walk along its banks. Go for a visit, I'll go back!!
  • Beautiful surroundings. Grounds very visitor friendly and well looked after. Fascinating history.well worth a visit.

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