Cadzow Castle

South Lanarkshire | Hamilton | Castle |

[Cadzow Castle]

Cadzow Castle is a former "backup" castle for the Hamilton family, located above the gorge of the Avon Water on the opposite bank to Chatelherault visitor centre. Despite being "cared for" by Historic Environment Scotland, hardly any of the brickwork currently protrudes above the advancing layers of vegetation. At least the scaffolding's probably ensuring the 16th century ruin doesn't deteriorate further. It's probably not worth going to see in its own right, but forms part of a pleasant walk along the top of the gorge.

[Cadzow Castle]

Location & info

📌 Cadzow Castle
Just across the Avon Water from Chatelherault Country Park main car park, G.R.: NS 735538 ///visits.risky.monkey
🚆🚌 Train / bus to Chatelherault railway station (1 mi) | 🚗 Chatelherault main car park at G.R.: NS 738539 ///best.tried.hills
Closed for conservation works at time of update in April 2021, but probably still viewable from the exterior | Free

💬 The castle is a 10-min walk from the main car park, across the Duke's Bridge on a wide earth path, steep in places.

[Duke's Bridge, on the path to the castle]

[Cadzow Castle]


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