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Caerlaverock

Caerlaverock Castle

Now this is a stunning building!

Originally built  to control trade Caerlaverock Castle is a moated triangular castle from the 13th century.

It’s some 10 miles from us on the edge of the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve and was a stronghold of the Maxwell family from the 13th century until the 17th century when the castle was abandoned.

Like most castles in this area it was besieged by the English during the Wars of Scottish Independence, and underwent several partial demolitions and reconstructions over the 14th and 15th centuries.

In the 17th century, the Maxwells were created Earls of Nithsdale, and built a new lodging inside the original walls – a kind of 17th century Grand Designs project!

In 1640 the castle was besieged for the last time and was subsequently abandoned.

Although demolished and rebuilt several times, the castle retains the distinctive triangular plan first laid out in the 13th century.

Today, the castle is in the care of Historic Scotland and is a popular tourist attraction. It is rightly protected as a scheduled monument, and as a category A listed building.