Crookston Castle

[Crookston Castle]

Crookston Castle's location seems a bit weird, nowadays in the middle of housing estates west of Pollok Country Park. But then you remember that this 15th century ruin easily pre-dates all the buildings around it, and its hilltop location is a sensible vantage point over the surrounding land: today, southwest Glasgow. For a ruin (and a free one at that) there's lots to explore, with ever-steepening spiral staircases and ladders accessing various rooms in the northeast tower and eventually the roof. This is a lovely bit of calm and history set in a suburban park amongst modern, everyday surroundings.

[Unusually for a ruined castle, views from the tower are of surrounding housing estates]

Name: Crookston Castle ★☆☆
Location: Just up the hill from Towerside Crescent, Pollok, 4 miles south-west of Glasgow centre, G.R.: NS 525627 / giant space oven
Open (2017): Daily, April to September; Saturday to Wednesday, October to March
Cost: Free
Public transport: Train (Mosspark), 800 metres; bus <200 metres
Anything else? Park on Towerside Crescent; castle is about 200 metres' walk uphill across grass to the east.

[Crookston Castle tower]

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