Lower Nethan Gorge

[Craignethan Castle]

The deep gorges carrying many of the upper River Clyde's tributaries have restricted human development and preserved the ancient woodland within. Mouse Water, Jock's Gill and the Avon Water are some of the best examples, but the Lower Nethan Gorge nature reserve has the added attraction of a fascinating castle at one end. A mile-long path links the castle to Crossford village at the other end, although dense woodland restricts views from the route.

[Lower Nethan Gorge from the gorge path]

Name: Lower Nethan Gorge ★★☆☆
Description: Unspoilt, wooded gorge carved by the River Nethan, home to otters and green woodpeckers amongst other wildlife.
Location (eastern access point): Crossford, G.R.: NS 824471 / laser otter declining
Anything else? Bring some stout footwear - paths are steep and muddy in places. The castle car park at the west end closes when the castle does, but you can always gain access from the Crossford (east) end.

Name: Craignethan Castle ★★★☆
Description: Superb 16th century castle set above the gorge, with lots to explore inside an extensive tower. Don't miss the unexpected artillery chambers at the bottom of the defensive ditch.
Location: End of access road signposted from the west end of Tillietudlem, G.R.: NS 815464 / juicy engrossed grazes
Open (2017): Daily, April to September
Cost (2017): £4.50 (adults), £2.70 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members

[Craignethan Castle tower]

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