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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Thom Seaman | Jan 27, 2018
Fantastic reception, and the counter assistant was essentially our tour guide. Giving us a great background about the castle and its long and storied history. Just a shame we couldn't visit the main keep due to it being exceptionally icy on the day. We'll definitely return though as it is a great place for kids to go exploring.
Gee Ess | Apr 6, 2018
I noticed that this is currently being mentioned on recent reviews of which this castle ruins. Has some folk flagging up to mention that this currently has a few parts inaccessible due to scaffolding being in place, and work being carried out. I have been walking around the grounds for a long number of years now, as well I have occasionally been inside the castle for a look at the interior and tour. I would just like to point out that these works were started over 10 years ago with scaffolding being erected and indents on individual stone sections being propped up. Mostly common or engineering brick being added to replace the original stone. These measures have not only made the remains of castle ruins become an eyesore for the most part of the works carried out. Initially those responsible for this appalling fix, stated that this was a temporary measure of which would be rectified at a later time. Again over 10 year ago easily these measures have been there. In all the time the odd number of workmen are there, but the temporary eyesores, there hasn't been a blow struck with regard to amend these measures.
Stuart | Apr 6, 2018
Ok for a visit. Currently undergoing extensive repairs so free entry. Great setting on edge of the Clyde. Worth a visit if in the area.
Elizabeth Kolarik | Mar 22, 2018
The only reason that I'm only giving this 3 stars is because most of it was closed when we tried to go see it. We were not aware of this until we arrived. There would be more to see if we could do more than just walk around the outside and a little inside.
Sharron Gray | Mar 22, 2018
Lovely castle to visit but unfortunately just now there’s a few places inaccessible due to maintenance work and scaffolding. Will definitely visit again with the kids.
Isabel Murdoch | Jun 14, 2018
Lovely grounds outside. Took a walk around castle before going in. Plenty of walks about along the Clyde. Castle itself is mostly wall. Not many nooks and crannys to explore. Story boards dotted around. Benches to sit on soaking in the history. Part of building has scaffolding on it at the moment. The ticket shop has some gifts and snacks. Lots of birds nesting. Lovely place.
Scott Wilson | May 24, 2018
A great wee castle. A bit of a fixer-upper, but well worth the money to look at it. Full of history, and a very welcoming custodian who is happy to answer all questions.
Alberto Hidalgo de Calcerrada | Apr 26, 2018
The castle was nice but we only could see its outside part. It’s quite sad when the last entrance is at 17:00 and you get there at 17:01 but the man in charge of the gate says that you cannot pass because the gate was closed one minute ago. I drove for so long to ese this place and it was quite disappointing. He left the castle at 17:21 when the place should have been closed at 17:30 so I guess I prefered to go home 10 minutes earlier instead of letting some tourists enjoy the history of this castle. Good for him, he was very professional
Chris k | May 1, 2018
I made a visit to bothwell castle for the first time during the week. really nice area. castle is fantastic. recommended.
robert Clark | Jul 14, 2018
Very little left of this once very important castle of the medieval period. Small shop, and very little information or historic content regarding the history of the castle.. Which is a shame, as Bothwell Castle has the most fascinating history from the wars of independence onwards... But lovey grounds..
David Gray | Jul 18, 2018
Great place for relaxing riverside walks and common place to see dog walkers . Fishing with licence only. Interesting history during wars between England and Scotland
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