18 May Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries
This is a castle with an interesting history in Dumfries, Scotland.
It is an ancient stronghold and was besieged and captured by King Edward the First in 1300.
Now it sits in ruins, but you can literally feel the history as you walk through it.
It’s a great stop on any tours of Scotland.
Caerlaverock is a moated castle, and an unusual triangular shape.
Although demolished and rebuilt several times, the castle retains the triangular plan first laid out in the 13th century.
The castle was actually originally built to control trade.
The present castle was preceded by several older fortifications.
In particular a Roman fort, and also a British hill fort (that was in use around 950AD).
So, plenty of history in the area.
This is a true hidden gem of Scotland, yet a very important part of the country’s history.
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