Greenknowe Tower

[Greenknowe Tower]

"Greenknowe Tower? There's not much there," remarked the custodian at nearby Smailholm Tower after he asked us where we were heading next. True - Greenknowe doesn't stand up well when compared to it's rivals in the history-rich Borders. In fact some parts aren't standing at all: this tower is now a roofless ruin which more birds probably call home than humans ever did. Despite all this, there are still plenty of interesting architectural details, and a spiral staircase is still fully intact to access the floors above - all for free, by the way. Neighbouring Gordon village takes its name from the clan who probably first built a castle here, although most of the surviving parts were constructed for the Seton family in 1581.

[Greenknowe Tower]

Name: Greenknowe Tower ☆☆☆
Location: A6105 just west of Gordon, G.R.: NT 640428 / guards deliver thinnest
Open (2017): Usually always, but closed middle part of February for maintenance
Cost: Free
Anything else? Space for just a few cars in rough laybys; castle is not signposted.

[View from the inside]

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