Don't Miss Out On These Mystique Castles During Your Glasgow Tour

The city of Glasgow in Scotland has a number of admirable castles. Though many of them are closed and not open to the public, they can be seen from publicly accessible locations. Glasgow was dominated by the church, being a cathedral town, but it expanded to include many outlying areas that were historically parts of different lordships. Here is a list of the most fascinating castles that may be included in your tours in Glasgow, Scotland.

Bothwell Castle

This castle lies a few miles southeast of the city proper and can be reached easily. It is a massive ruined courtyard that dates back to the 13th century. Picturesque and grand, the castle has an interesting history, including the famous siege by the English. So don’t forget to include this impressive fortress during your tours in Glasgow, Scotland, which Historic Scotland currently manages.

Dumbarton Castle

The castle stands tall a few miles outside Glasgow, the original capital of the Kingdom of Strathclyde. Though not much remains of this mediaeval castle, you can gain a good impression of the fortress along with great views from the top of the rock. The castle remained in military use for a very long time. This, too, is a Historic Scotland property. The castle is spectacularly sited on a volcanic rock that overlooks the River Clyde.

It is Scotland’s greatest stronghold and has a breathtaking heritage. It overlooks Loch Lomond, Clyde, and Argyll. It sits on a dramatic volcanic plug known as Dumbarton Rock, believed to be the crater of a volcano that was active 350 million years ago. Visiting the castle will give you a great chance to admire the 18th-century Georgian military architecture as well as some stunning views from the Tower Crag.

Craignethan Castle

A bit further out than Bothwell, you can find Craignethan Castle. It has a squat tower-keep behind massive early artillery defences and a courtyard. Built in the first half of the 16th century by James Hamilton of Finnart, Craignethan Castle is claimed to be the inspiration behind Sir Walter Scott’s Tillietudlem.

Situated in South Lanarkshire, two miles west of the village of Crossford, the castle is located above the River Nethan, a tributary of the River Clyde. Craignethan Castle was located in the barony of Draffane and was a property of the Black Douglases until 1455.  

Newark Castle

A few miles west of Port Glasgow, Newark Castle is roofed and has many interesting features, though most of the courtyard has disappeared. It is an amazing example of a large house that enables a better understanding of how spacious and well-defended these buildings are.

Final Take

You can also see other tower houses in and around Glasgow, though they may not be open to the public like Mearns, Johnstone, and Barr. Some castles, like Cumbernauld, have been replaced by later mansions but have accessible grounds, while others, like Cathcart and Kirkintilloch, survive only as earthworks and stone flooded. Glasgow and its surrounding areas have many more castles, which you can visit during your Glasgow tour.

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