The first dry Sunday in ages, so we went for a wander round Bothwell Castle with friends. Their first visit, but we’ve been plenty of times, so it was interesting watching the kids giving them the grand tour.


Bothwell Castle sits right on a bend in the Clyde, with Blantyre Priory on the opposite bank (although the latter it’s almost completely destroyed). Great defensive location on three sides, and a steep hill up from the river on part of the landward side, and multiple towers were planned for the least protected area. It was a pretty secure site.

And then of course, along come the Wars of Independence and Bothwell is slap bang in the firing line.