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Caerlaverock Castle

Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
+44 1387 770244
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With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, this awe-inspiring castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold and one of the finest castles in Scotland. Although ruined, Caerlaverock is still a substantial structure and you can explore many different features within its unique triangular ground plan. The castle's turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England which brought it into the brutal cross-border conflicts and you can enjoy a fascinating siege warfare exhibition complete with reconstructions of medieval siege engines. After exploring the castle enjoy delicious home baking and freshly ground coffee in the castle's tearoom which is open during the summer and at weekends in the winter. Little adventurers will love the castle-themed adventure park and if one castle is not enough for you, you will find the foundations of another, earlier, castle visible at the end of a nature trail through the woods to the south.
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Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
+44 1387 770244
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This about 8 miles from Dumfries. The site is superb. There is a cafe where you can eat outside. The castle ruin is extensive and in great condition for a ruin.

Thank fssutton1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second visit to this Historic Scotland site. Love the red sandstone. The only triangular castle I have seen. Great location and nice coastal drive. Friendly staff nice cafe and shop.

Thank peakdistricttravel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful ruined castle in a fantastic setting...lots of wild life around as well..highly recommend a visit

Thank patricklilley347
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful castle unusually shaped being triangular, with lots of interesting nooks and crannies. Well kept grounds and a short walk through ancient woods to the site of the original castle.

Thank Delapsusresurgam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely place to visit. Dog friendly with brilliant grounds. There is also a nice short walk through the woods and reserve. A nice cafe and stop on-site, a small fee but worth it.

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 1 week ago

With two moats and a drawbridge, this ancient castle is a rare three-sided design. The illustrated signage within the castle area is well done, and it allows you and the family to wander the area and absorb the history and design of the castle. The...More

Thank PhilViking
Reviewed 1 week ago

A remarkable construction set in a magnificent location. The whole place has a relax charm. Although not large in comparison with many castles it is really well formed showing intricate works of skilled craftsmen.A tea room is located at the entrance to the site.

Thank Alex W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really like Caerlaverock. The grounds, such as they are! Are great for a wild wander, and the castle (actually there's two) an amazing glimpse into the past; both pastoral and brutal. The newly refurbished cafe is excellent too! Fresh local produce always a favourite.

Thank MGemm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit to Caerlaverock, so different from the various stately homes we had visited over the last two weeks. There are fewer tourists in this part of Scotland, so it is not crowded with people. The castle was originally nearer the sea,...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The castle and grounds were excellent making the history of the castle very interesting. Our visit was let down by the tea room where we waited 20 minutes for service in a half empty tea room before walking out in disgust. Just a "sorry for...More

Thank Roger F
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21 September 2017|
Response from fssutton1 | Reviewed this property |
Go look at the site info.
Rachael S
5 September 2017|
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Response from Travelartgolf | Reviewed this property |
Very good question - the hours change from October to late March. It closes earlier @ 4 pm. This makes me think the cafe would be open. I bet soup would be good there. When we were there this summer it was packed. Check the... More