Caerlaverock Castle
Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland by Janbro

Constructed in the 13th century, Caerlaverock Castle was once the stronghold of Clan Maxwell. The fortress played a role in many conflicts – beginning with the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 13th and 14th centuries. Its final battle took place in 1640 CE during the period known as the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, where the castle was attacked and destroyed by a Covenanter army. 


Castle of the Day

Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock (Brythonic, or Celtic, rather than Gaelic, in origin, meaning “fortress of the skylark”) actually belonged to the Maxwell family. It has a long and interesting history, but perhaps its most interesting feature is that it is triangular: there aren’t many three-sided castles about, not even in Scotland, which has more castles per square mile than a hedgehog has fleas.


1) Edinburgh Castle

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2) Dunnottar Castle

Head to Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven to watch the perfect ocean sunset. Come rain or shine, this medieval castle always gives all visitors a perfect vista over the north-eastern coast!

3) Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle is situated in Royal Deeside. It’s one of the largest (in use) castles in East Scotland! A favourite of the Royal Family, this castle is a regular retreat for the Queen to escape the hustle and bustle of Buckingham Palace!

4) Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle has been open to the public since Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne (who live there) granted access to visitors. It’s a great place to enjoy the architecture of medieval Scotland! Pair this beautiful castle with some Tea and Scones and you have yourself a truly British day out.

5) Drummond Castle & Gardens

Drummond Castle and gardens provide one of the best examples of formal terraced gardens in the whole of the UK! It’s expanse of land and space also gives this vast estate truly beautiful grounds to appreciate!

6) Stirling Castle

One of the largest and historically important castles in the whole of Scotland!

7) Craigievar Castle

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8) Abbots Tower

Technically not a fully fledged castle, Abbots Tower is what I like to call a faux-castle! It’s fairytale beauty and architectural charm makes it well worth a visit! Castle or tower… Abbots “Tower” is a great piece of Scottish history.

9) Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock Castle is a moated triangular castle in Dumfries. 

10) Cawdor Castle

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11) Culzean Castle

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12) Eilean Donan Castle

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13) Inverness Castle

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14) Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland, Scotland…it looks like it came right out of a fairy tale.


From Left to Right: 

Gordon Bunshaft/SOM, National Commercial Bank, Ground Floor Plan, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 1983 /  Caerlaverock Castle, Plan, Scotland, Late 13th Century

Gunnar Birkerts, Fire Station, Plan, Corning, New York, 1973 / Donald Judd, Sketch for a Triangular House, Arroyo Grande, California, 1971