|[Almond Castle: a post-industrial wasteland]|
Almond Castle is frankly one of the most frightening sights in Scotland. If a production company needed a place to film life in a post-apocalyptic nightmare, they could literally rock up here and start shooting immediately. An abandoned industrial complex lies between your approach path and the L-plan tower house, burnt-out goods and discarded clothing littering the crumbling concrete beneath your feet. You couldn't make it up. The castle's huge bricks, obvious cracks and gaping holes seem to lend a slightly comedic edge to its appearance, as if it actually is part of a film set. They also suggest that this fifteenth century castle's days might be numbered, so visit soon and don't get too close. Even the view from a distance should be enough to send shivers down your spine.
Name: Almond Castle ★★☆☆☆
Location: Close to car park at minor road end, Muiravonside Parish Church, under a mile west of Whitecross, G.R.: NS 957773 / energy sofa mess
Open: Always, but the interior looks unsafe
Anything else? The castle is a 5 to 10-min walk from the car park. Follow the canal's right-hand tow path (muddy in places) north about 200 metres to a bridge over the canal. Don't cross, but turn right here on an former right of way - the castle is soon visible ahead. Alternatively, another path runs parallel to the tow path a few metres to the east, passing a church cemetery.
|[Approach to Almond Castle from the Union Canal side]|
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