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Smailholm Tower visitor guide

Smailholm Tower, Kelso

Pretty tower in charming setting

The setting contributes hugely to the appeal of this nice little tower house which stands on a small rocky ridge in an upland area of high moorland. It still looks much as it did when Turner painted it in the early 1800s. The large pond in front of it is a mill pond ; its water used to power the nearby mill down by the farm

The tower is a pretty building , but not packed with interest; the best part is that you can get out onto the roof. Smailholm famous for its association with Sir Walter Scott, who as a child was sent to stay with his aunt at th nearby farm. The stories he heard inspired his interest in local ballads and legends.

Route: signposted off the B6404 to the west of Kelso
Entry Feyes

Nearby Monuments: Melrose Abbey, Dryburgh Abbey, Thirlestane Castle

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Blackness castle

Blackness castle has been a royal castle, prison, armaments depot and film location for Hamlet and the BBC production of Ivanhoe.

There are display boards around the lawn although uneven ground and cobbles make it difficult for visitors using wheelchairs. Visitors with disabilities can be set down closer.There are gravel paths around the lawn and there is some fine shrubbery in the grounds.

The castle has spectacular views across to the Fife coast and Forth bridges.

Contact:

The Steward

Blackness By Linlithgow West Lothian EH49 7NH Scotland

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Bothwell castle

Bothwell castle is the largest and finest 13th century stone castle in Scotland,part of the original circular keep survives.

This castle is located in a stunning setting overlooking the River Clyde. The castle courtyard though uneven at some places and display boards allow easy wheelchair access. The castle shop is also suitable for wheelchairs.

 

Contact:

The Steward

Castle Avenue Uddingston Glasgow G71 8BL Scotland

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Brodick Castle And Country Park

The 13th-century fortified tower was developed in the 16th century and extended by Cromwell in the 17th century. Lady Mary Louise, 6th Duchess of Montrose, lived here until 1957.

Some furniture dates from the 17th century, with superb paintings, porcelain and silver collected by the Hamiltons. The woodland garden, begun in 1923 by the Duchess, is now home to an internationally acclaimed rhododendron collection. The award winning walled garden dating from 1710 that has been restored as an Edwardian garden is perhaps the finest of any castle in Scotland. You can know more about the gardens in a new audio tour. The Country Park has waymarked trails, woodlands, waterfalls, gorges, wildlife ponds, a nature room and wildlife garden, restored ice-house and adventure playground.

Opening Hours

Castle: 30 March to 31 Oct, daily 114.30 (closes 3.30 in Oct). Country Park: all year, daily 9.30sunset. Reception Centre, Shop and Walled Garden: 30 March to 31 Oct, daily 104.30, 1 Nov to 21 Dec Fri/Sat/Sun 103.30. Restaurant: 30 March to 31 Oct, daily 115. GOATFELL: all year, daily.

 

Contact:

The Administrator Isle of Arran Brodick North Ayrshire KA27 8HY Scotland

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Burghead

Burghead

BURGHEAD

Description of Burghead

Burghead was one of the major fortresses of the Picts, although it had been used since prehistoric times. Although much damaged when a village was built on most of the site, this was an outstanding example of a Pictish fortification.

Directions=

Off B9089, 8 miles NW of Elgin, Burghead, Moray.

Rating ***

Opening Hours Access at all times.

Phone 0131 668 8800

Type Fort / Well / Early Christian Site

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Cardoness Castle

The architectural details inside the tower are of a high quality and there are good views over Fleet Bay from the battlements.

New scale model and exhibition.Some fine stone carvings in the great hall can be touched up one flight of stairs.

A steep path and six flights of steps lead to the monument. There is no access for those using wheelchairs and the castle is not recommended for visitors with walking or breathing difficulties.

At the top of the hill the ground levels out. Benches allow an opportunity to rest and enjoy the superb view and there is one interpretation board. A 30° ramp leads to the ground floor of the property but all staircases are spiral.

Contact:

The Steward Gatehouse of Fleet Dumfries & Galloway DG7 2EH Scotland

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