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Bothwell Castle, Uddingston

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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... 
    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 
    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... 
    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 »
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  • A nice walk to this place don't go the road way! Nice to MTB here a good fun wee jump at the entrance.
  • Lovely walks around it - beside the river is a good spot for wild garlic picking. The one start lost is because we have going there for over a year and no change in the castle renovation.
  • Beautiful piece of Scottish history. You can visit the remains of the castle and then take a walk along the Clyde, nice environment and never too busy.
  • Stunning castle ruin in a beautiful location with some lovely walks
  • As a clan man from Bonnie Scotland, exploring this location was awesome with my sheepdog. Castle closed as construction not safe.

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