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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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