Bothwell Castle, Uddingston

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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  • Free to roam in the fields and grounds around but to be honest what you see walking round the outside is almost what you see inside. However, the small fee they charge to go inside is worth a look...  more »
  • If you like history then your mind will run wild walking through these ruins. On arriving I was blown away with how big and powerful the castle still looked! It just commands attention to this day...  more »
  • Heading north Bothwell Castle was on my list of places to visit as I traced Edward I's journey into Scotland. It was an enjoyable visit, it was a bit limited however due to the construction/repair...  more »
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  • 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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