The Borders and the Southwest

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  • 1. Caerlaverock Castle

    The stunningly beautiful moated Caerlaverock Castle stands in splendid isolation amid the surrounding wetlands. Built in a unique triangular design, this 13th-century fortress has solid-sandstone...Read More

  • 2. Drumlanrig Castle

    A spectacular estate, Drumlanrig Castle is as close as Scotland gets to the treasure houses of England—which is not surprising, since it's owned by the...Read More

  • 3. Floors Castle

    The palatial Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland, is an architectural extravagance bristling with pepper-mill turrets. Not so much a castle as the...Read More

  • 4. Threave Castle

    Once home to the Black Douglases, earls of Nithsdale and lords of Galloway, Threave's imposing towers reflect well the Lord of Galloway who built it...Read More

  • 5. Cardoness Castle

    The castle was a typical Scottish tower house, severe and uncompromising. The 15th-century structure once was the home of the McCullochs of Galloway, then the...Read More

  • 6. Hermitage Castle

    To appreciate the famous 20-mile ride of Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1566—she rushed to the side of her wounded lover, the Earl of Bothwell—travel...Read More

  • 7. MacLellan's Castle

    Conspicuous in the center of town are the stone walls of MacLellan's Castle, a once-elaborate castellated mansion dating from the 16th century. You can walk...Read More

  • 8. Thirlestane Castle

    This large, turreted, and castellated house, part of which was built in the 13th century and part in the 16th century, looks for all the...Read More

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