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This site is currently closed. Bothwell Castle is the largest and finest 13th century stone castle in Scotland, much fought over during the Wars of Independence. Located in a beautiful setting overlooking the River Clyde, part of the original circular keep of Bothwell Castle survives. Find out about medieval Scotland by exploring the 13th century prison tower and the 14th century great hall and chapel.
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Andrew Daniels
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My great grand parents lived at bothwell castle.married in 1869. James Boyd m. Mary Haddow.(7 children). Janet boyd m James sneddon. Jeanne sneddon m Lesley Daniels. Lindsay James Daniels m Margaret Joan ROESER. Prince Andrew lindsay Daniels.(me).
Written 15 August 2022
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Jen
Glasgow, UK548 contributions
Couples
Visited here and we were happy to wander round the ruin.
We will come back once the building has opened as it would be interesting to see inside for the small £3 price tag.

We then walked along the Clyde to the David Livingstone Centre. It was a really lovely walk very close to the city.
Written 10 April 2021
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Rachel
Glasgow, UK24 contributions
Couples
Great to visit - cycled here a few times. Couldn’t get the bike through easily so had to chain up for a wander round. Great walking connections to Bothwell etc
Written 12 December 2020
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bigglesStrathaven
Glasgow, UK722 contributions
Couples
The ruined castle sits close to the town of Bothwell and is surrounded by woodland walks along the banks of the river Clyde,on a sunny day people lounge about on the grassy knolls surrounding the castle.Ruined it may be but an interesting feature to admire.Close by are shops where you could pick up a picnic if the weather allows.
Written 17 November 2020
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J. S
Grimsby, UK78 contributions
Free to roam in the fields and grounds around but to be honest what you see walking round the outside is almost what you see inside. However, the small fee they charge to go inside is worth a look and it helps to go towards conservation, which is in dire need of here. Think this place is crumbling fast and needs urgent attention.
Written 26 September 2019
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Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave us a review. There are areas of the castle currently closed to allow for conservation works to take place, and the admission prices have been reduced to reflect this while it continues. We hope you enjoyed the history of the castle, and thank you for visiting as your entry fee does go towards the conservation of the castle as you have mentioned.
Written 17 October 2019
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BettyChilds
Glasgow, UK246 contributions
Family
If you like history then your mind will run wild walking through these ruins. On arriving I was blown away with how big and powerful the castle still looked! It just commands attention to this day. Unfortunately on the day I was there there was work being carried out so there was a couple of areas I couldn’t get into which I would have loved to have seen! Definitely worth a visit though and so glad I went to see it! Even my teenage daughter who I dragged along was in awe (even though she tried not to show it)
Written 13 August 2019
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ConnorRobinson
Wolverhampton, UK87 contributions
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Heading north Bothwell Castle was on my list of places to visit as I traced Edward I's journey into Scotland. It was an enjoyable visit, it was a bit limited however due to the construction/repair works (there is a discounted entry while the major works are going on). The staff member was helpful and it was good to see the round tower. A short visit, I will have to return one day to see the rest of the castle!
Written 27 July 2019
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SMBSLT
Glasgow, UK647 contributions
Couples
First time visiting the castle/ruins. It was only a few pounds - I took a piccy of the price list. There are two bits we were able to get in to, one you go through a door and can get a wee mooch inside. The other part you climb up the stairs and can look out across the rest of it.

Parts were fenced off due to debris falling, not sure if that has always been the case or if you were able to explore more.

It was the quickest visit inside ruins we have had but I love a bit of history and ruins and for £3 it was 100 percent worth a visit! There is also loads of the surrounding area you can take nice walks and more than a few took their dogs there too.
Written 21 July 2019
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Glasgow girl
Glasgow18 contributions
Family
Beautiful ruins however very let down by — no picnic tables — broken fence around castle grounds — overflowing and not enough bins— protocabin at main entrance and works building area to left of building — scaffolding all around back of castle—- opening times on website not correct. Feels like it needs to have a little TLC to the area outside of castle. However very worthwhile and enjoyable visit. The dog walkers are very helpful with information and directions for the beautiful walks along the banks of the river Clyde. Little shop in castle and toilets very nice and lady who works there very helpful. Worth the visit.
Written 15 July 2019
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Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave us a review. There are areas of the castle currently closed to allow for conservation works to take place, and the admission prices have been reduced to reflect this while it continues. We apologise that there is some disruption to the visitor experience during this time, but pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We have ensured that the opening times are correct on our website. Thanks again.
Written 17 October 2019
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Chris
Zurich, Switzerland1,142 contributions
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I liked it. it is a nice ruin built of red sandstone. But it is what ist is, a ruin. Don‘t expect a castle :)
The area is nice too. For me it was a calm and warm place and worth a visit.
Written 4 July 2019
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