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Caerlaverock Castle Dumfries Reviews
Caerlaverock Castle Apr 10, 2010
Caerlaverock Castle is a distinctive castle in southern Scotland, which played an important part in the Wars of Independence. It is run by Historic Scotland, and so can be a little expensive to enter. There are discounts for children and people older than 65 years, but none for students.
There are two castles on the site, although only one of them looks like a castle these days. The main castle is built on a distinctive triangular plan, in the 13th century. It is made of red sandstone and was apparently incredibly strong, allowing about 60 defenders to hold out against the whole English army for several weeks. Not that we are still boasting about that, mind you. Most of the buildings still there are much later, 16th century additions – you can tell by the large windows, which don’t survive canon fire very well.
I can get very boring on the subject of castle design. Probably all you need to know is that the castle is very picturesque and really quite interesting.
The other castle is a very early ruin, marked out on a mound by reconstructed foundations. It is at the other end of a nature trail, and was abandoned within a few decades of being built because it was too boggy for a castle there. The nature trail is also interesting, as the marshes are home to some rare animals including Natterjack toads. I am not sure how the toads cope with the children invading the castle.
There is also a children’s adventure playground, a tea room, a shop, and a small exhibition on the historic siege narrated by Tony “Baldrick” Robinson.
The castle is well worth a trip if you are interested in castles, or have children that you want to tire out.
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