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Caerlaverock Castle

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Built on the site of earlier Roman and Celtic fortifications, Caerlaverock Castle is an isolated Scottish stronghold with a fascinating history.  Located seven miles south of Dumfries, it overlooks the Solway Firth (bay and estuaries) and was originally built in the 13th century by the Maxwell Clan. Unusually for a castle, it was constructed in the shape of a triangle – possibly to reflect the Holy Trinity – and is surrounded by one of the most impressive moats. Being close to the border with England it has experienced it’s fair share of battles and conflicts. Perhaps the most famous is the siege of 1300 when a mere sixty Scots defended the castle against the might of King Edward’s forces. Although the garrison was eventually overcome the story of the a handful of Scots has echoes of David matching up to Goliath. Overall the castle was besieged five times and changed hands and loyalties often as the fortunes of the Scots and English changed over time. It was eventually abandoned after the siege of 1640 and the War of Three Kingdoms left it in ruins.



Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Just Off the A708 (Rd), Hammerlands, Moffat
Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, DG10 9QL
+44 (0)1683 220 436

Contact Details

  • Address: B725, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, DG1 4RU
  • GPS: 54.97560556,-3.523944444
  • Phone: 0044 (0)1316 688 800
  • Part of UK: Scotland
  • Sat Nav Postcode: DG1 4RU
  • Entrance Fees: Yes
  • Disabled Access: Yes to lower levels
  • Visibility from Road: Poor

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