Yesterday I decided it really had waited too long, and as the weather – at that point was fine – took out my new camera – a Christmas present – to try it out, the destination nearby Bothwell Castle.
Bothwell Castle built from red sandstone, but never completed is on the banks of the River Clyde. Built by Walter of Moray in the 13th century the aim was to make it Scotland’s finest Castle and the masonry work attests to this. The Black Douglasses took possession of the castle in 1362, and repaired and extended the buildings and their work is the substantial part of what remains today.
Here is a roof boss which has long fallen from it’s place:
There is a spiral staircase which you can walk up, the underneath of it has been untouched for years!
All over the Castle there are the signs of years of Scottish wind and rain eroding the soft red sandstone: