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Hermitage Castle

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Soak up the eerie, powerful atmosphere of an imposing stronghold with a notorious reputation. One of the great Borders castles, Hermitage dates back to the 1300s. Look for the garrison's cesspit and seek shelter under the great arch if it rains.
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Hermitage Castle Liddesdale, Hawick TD9 0LU, Scotland
+44 13873 76222
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Reviewed December 26, 2016 via mobile

Came across this place on a very wet and cold August day (I did say August!) Thought we'd give it a look and so glad we did! If you're looking for cover on a wet day, this isn't the place but it is well worth...More

1  Thank JaquiB1967
Reviewed October 27, 2016

Visited on a recent trip to the Scottish Borders. When you come around the corner its a very imposing building, which was obviously the plan to keep the English at bay. The Historic Scotland staff member was very knowledgeable & as he was a local...More

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Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Massive castle in the middle of nowhere. Great walks around. Very well kept grounds. Closed In October.

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Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

This is perhaps my favorite castle in Scotland. Yes, I know. Stirling is historically the most important, Edinburgh is gigantic, Eilean Donan Castle is more scenic and impressive. But here you can stand alone in a beautiful landscape away from tourist crowds, all you can...More

2  Thank Ralf S
Reviewed October 4, 2016

A must to feel the atmosphere of this castle , to take you back in time and leave you with the feeling that the spirits of the past are still there . It is an experience to go there.

Thank Elizabeth C
Reviewed September 28, 2016

It is amazing to think this castle has stood the test of time. It stands tall and foreboding in the middle of nowhere and/or farmland. It has an interesting history which you can read about on the boards dotted around the site or in the...More

Thank Nicolak1976
Reviewed September 15, 2016

Came in a group and the young man employed by Historic Scotland was brilliant as a guide. Really pleasant, helpful and informative. Historic Scotland should be very proud of him.

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Reviewed September 2, 2016

From a distance this edifice looks quite unprepossessing but the closer you get you can wonder at the huge stones, towering walls and the sheer determination in building this castle in the middle of nowhere. Things were a bit different back in the 13th century!...More

Thank Fraser L
Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

We saw this signposted on the way to Newcastleton and decided to drop in spontaneously. Well worth it - only £4.50 to get in and it has a stark beauty against the landscape as well as lots of information on the signs or you can...More

1  Thank Kate T
Reviewed August 25, 2016

The guide books tell us that a former keeper of the castle met this gruesome end. Hard to believe when visiting on a sunny July morning. I pointed out to the helpful young man in the ticket office (see Julie W's review) that there was...More

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May 28, 2018|
Response from Kandersteg | Reviewed this property |
There loads of themed Coach Tours from Edinburgh. I suggest Google Borders Tours to find out. Hermitage Castle is perhaps a bit off the beaten track for them but you never know
Kristi S
December 20, 2017|
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Response from Douglas E | Reviewed this property |
I couldn’t answer re public transport, but it is a bit out on its own. Fairly remote.