Tor Wood

[Torwood Castle tower]

Torwood is boxed in by three motorways near Larbert and in easy reach of most of Scotland's largest towns and cities, but few people have probably heard of it. Nor do many visit the 2000 year old broch or nearby ruined castle in the, both easily accessed on foot through the wood that the village was named after. Many historic ruins in the Central Belt have either been built over or you have to pay for them. Happily neither of these points apply here, although they are most definitely quite ruined.

[Tappoch Broch's 2,000 year old interior fills up with ferns in summer - visit after they die back]

Name: Tappoch Broch ☆☆☆
Description: Overgrown but fairly well-preserved broch (unusual for this part of Scotland) in a clearing in the middle of Tor Wood.
Location: 500 metres west of Torwood village, G.R.: NS 833850 / state captures heartache
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? Best to visit during winter or spring while vegetation height is lower to maximise views of the broch. Parking available a little way down the rough track leading south from the east end of Torwood; broch is 500 metres' walk uphill through forest on a slightly muddy, hard-to-follow path.

Name: Torwood Castle ☆☆☆
Description: 16th century castle and courtyard built by the Baillies of Castlecary.
Location: 500 metres southwest of Torwood village, G.R.: NS 836844 / sprouting fewer engulfing
Open: Always (exterior only)
Cost: Free
Anything else? Parking as for Tappoch Broch above; castle is 600 metres' walk along the track, gently uphill.

[South side of  Torwood Castle]

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