Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries

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Caerlaverock Castle is a moated triangular castle first built in the 13th century. It is located on the southern coast of Scotland, eleven kilometres (seven miles) south of Dumfries, on the edge of the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve. Caerlaverock was a stronghold of the Maxwell family from the 13th century until the 17th century, when the castle was abandoned. 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 within the walls, described as among "the most ambitious early classical domestic architecture in Scotland". 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. Caerlaverock Castle was built to control trade in early times.
The castle, which is protected as a scheduled monument, is in the care of Historic Environment Scotland, and is a popular tourist attraction.
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  • Unfortunately the castle was closed due to essential maintenance however that didn’t spoil a wonderful visit! The grounds were open and we could walk around the moat. There were also walks heading to....  more
    Unfortunately the castle was closed due to essential maintenance however that didn’t spoil a wonderful visit! The grounds were open and we could walk around the moat. There were also walks heading to....  more »
  • As we live locally we visited the Castle with friends as we are members of Historic Scotland. We were disappointed to find the Castle closed but understand that they have to be checked for safety... 
    As we live locally we visited the Castle with friends as we are members of Historic Scotland. We were disappointed to find the Castle closed but understand that they have to be checked for safety...  more »
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  • Fabulous place. Not open to venture inside but quite stunning. The staff were so friendly and the lady Scribe and resident historian who will fascinate you and show boundless enthusiasm. What a marvelous lady.
  • Beautiful castle, beautiful nature trail. Staff were really friendly and helpful, cafe and gift shop good prices. Parking free!! We will definitely return.

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