About this Attraction

Historic Environment Scotland is the lead public body set up to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment.
From brochs, castles and palaces to abbeys, towers and tombs there are over 5000 years’ worth of history for you to enjoy.


Explore a castle hotly fought over during the Wars of Independence with England. Bothwell Castle, built on a grand scale in the late 1200s, frequently passed back and forth between English and Scottish hands.

Such hostility – in particular Edward I’s great siege of 1301 – meant the castle was never completed to its original plan. Yet, with its imposing donjon, it’s one of Scotland’s most impressive medieval strongholds standing today.

What to see and do:
– Admire Bothwell’s dramatic location by a winding curve in the River Clyde
– Marvel at the 13th-century donjon, a circular keep tower that’s without parallel in Scotland
– Shudder at the grimness of medieval prisons as you take in the prison tower
– Step inside the 14th-century chapel, an impressive remnant of the days of the Black Douglases
– The adjacent semi-natural woodland is full of flowers in spring
– There is access to the Clyde Walkway
– Explore the castle with our fun fact-finding quiz available on site.

FREE PLACE: Tour Leader enters free of charge if party consists of 11 or more paying pax.

NOTE: ALL groups of 6 or more should be pre-booked.

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Last Updated: 12.11.2020

How to find this Attraction

Castle Ave
Uddingston, Bothwell
G71 8BL


CHILD POLICY: 5-15 years old charged at reduced rates (see tariff).

RATIOS FOR GROUPS TRAVELLING CHILDREN: Under 5s (1 adult for every 2 children), Ages 5-7 (1 adult for every 6 children), Ages 8-15 (1 adult for every 10 children).