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The Borders and the Southwest Sights

Caerlaverock Castle

  • Off B725 Map It
  • Ruthwell
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 10/08/2013

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The stunningly beautiful moated Caerlaverock Castle stands in splendid isolation amid the surrounding wetlands that form the Caerlaverock Nature Reserve. Built in a unique triangular design, this 13th-century fortress has solid-sandstone masonry and an imposing double-tower gatehouse. King Edward I of England (1239–1307) besieged the castle in 1300, when his forces occupied much of Scotland at the start of the Wars of Independence. A splendid residence was built inside in the 1600s.

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Off B725, 7 miles from Ruthwell, Ruthwell, Dumfries and Galloway, DG1 4RU, Scotland

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Sight Details:

  • £5.50
  • Apr.–Sept., daily 9:30–5:30; Oct.–Mar., daily 9:30–4:30

Updated 10/08/2013


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