Tor Wood

[Torwood Castle tower]

Torwood is boxed in by 3 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 2,000 year-old broch or nearby ruined castle, 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]

📌 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: Off minor road half a mile west of Torwood village, G.R.: NS 833850 ///state.captures.heartache
Open: Always, but best in winter or spring when vegetation is low to maximise views of the broch.
Cost: Free
Anything else? Park near the end of the rough track leading south from the west end of Torwood at G.R.: NS 838851 ///sneezing.stages.liberated (there's also space to park 100 metres down the track, but the gate is sometimes locked). From the former, it's a 10-min uphill walk west to the broch on a slightly muddy, hard-to-follow path through forest.

📌 Torwood Castle ☆☆☆
Description: 16th century castle and courtyard built by the Baillies of Castlecary.
Location: Off minor road half a mile 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; from here it's a 10-min walk south to the castle further along the track, gently uphill.

[South side of  Torwood Castle]


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