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Glasgow - Langholm

Between Glasgow and Langholm

Between Glasgow and Langholm

Bothwell Castle

Driving and Detours:

Approximate distance: 82 miles or 132 km.

The road South from Glasgow, the M74, is fast six-lane motorway, at times passing through beautiful rolling heather and grass covered hills. For landscape, this is one of the best motorways in Britain.

The best way to Langholm is to take a short cut on the B6757 near Kirkpatrick, to Canonbie. (From Canonbie is an option of travelling through Newcastleton to Jedburgh, which, although it means you will miss out Langholm and Hawick, is a small and twisty route through some rarely visited remote and rural country.)


Home of the explorer David Livingstone. Museum.

Bothwell Castle

Above right; 13th century castle with massive 15 foot thick walls above the River Clyde on a rocky outcrop. One of the largest and finest in Scotland.
Near Uddingston off the B7071
Historic Scotland , Tel: 01698 816894


Original Estate of the Dukes of Hamilton, the main house was demolished in the 20's, but Robert Adam's Chatelherault, high on a hill, has recently been restored. The grounds have ancient oaks and woodlands. (Open to the public).

Craignethan Castle

16th and 17th century with, at that time, new defences; a caponier, a stone vaulted tunnel which allowed the raking of small arms fire over the defensive ditch: the only example in Britain. One of the last places in Scotland to be visited by Mary Queen of Scots.
About 5 miles North West of Lanark off the A72.
Historic Scotland, Tel: 01555 860364


Nearby New Lanark is well worth a visit. It is built on the banks of the Clyde near a series of waterfalls which are one of the most spectacular, not only in Scotland, but in the whole of Northern Europe.
See article The Falls of the Clyde
Named after the Douglas Family. 14th century St Bride's Church.


The highest Village in Scotland at Mennock Pass. Renowned for 300 years of Leadmining, there is now a museum and Visitor Trail administered by the Wanlockhead Museum Trust.
Open April to October (winter by appointment) Tel: 01659 74387.

Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig Castle

Right; Well worth a visit. Perhapes the finest renaissance castle (like a French château) in Scotland with a magnificent setting in a well-run woodland and moorland estate.
Magnificent collection of furniture, and paintings, including;

Near Thornhill, open to the public: House: May to mid June, Mondays - Wednedays and Fridays 1-5 pm, Saturdays and Sunday 11 am - 5pm and mid June to August daily (except Thursdays) 11am - 5pm Park: May to mid September, daily 11am - 6pm.

Recommended Book:

Drumlanrig. The Castle, the People and its Paintings

Follow this link to buy a wonderfull book of Fritz von Schulenburg's photographs which gives a fascinating glimpse into the lives of its people and the stories behind the paintings at Drumlanrig Castle.

Drumlanrig. The Castle, the People and its Paintings.

See also:
Threave Castle
Whithorn Priory
Caerlaverock Castle

Accommodation en route or round about:

Bed & Breakfast accommodation:

Cairn View On a detour east from the M74, near Biggar, a bed and breakfast with wonderful views on the edge of traditional village of Broughton home of Broughton Brewery Fine Ales, close to Dawyck Botanic gardens. (45 minutes from Edinburgh).

Culzean Castle, 50 miles south of Glasgow. Clifftop castle hotel, top floor is the Eisenhower Apartment - Ike's Scottish White House. Bed and Breakfast with optional dinner, or also available for larger functions - see below (rentals).
Craigadam. Comfortable accommodation about 10 miles from Dumfries in a large farmhouse with 25,000 acre estate, optional dinner.

Rental accommodation in castles or larger houses offering wedding, conference or party venues:

Culzean Castle. As mentioned in the Bed and Breakfast section, but also available for larger functions.

Self-catering houses and cottages:

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