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Special arrangements are currently in place at Bothwell Castle, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Safety measures

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and social distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
  • Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
  • In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)

Areas open

Donjon tower, access limited to one group at a time

Areas closed

  • Spiral staircase in Donjon Tower
  • Great Hall


The car park is level and part tarmac, part gravel.

Visitors can be dropped off at the castle entrance. You should arrange this in advance by calling 07749 248 684.

Approach to site

The castle is about 160m from the car park, along a level grass and concrete path.

Visitor centre

The ticket office and shop have step free access.


A paved pathway runs along the two main sides of the grassed courtyard. It has a gradient of 1:13.

Access to the upper and lower levels of the donjon is via an uneven spiral staircase with rope handrail on one side (currently closed for maintenance works). The steep upper stair is 1.3m wide and has 50 steps.

The great hall (currently closed for maintenance works) is reached via a straight timber stair of 21 steps with single handrail. 

Entry to the exhibition in the cellar is down 6 straight, uneven steps.


Grass-covered slopes.


Nearest adapted toilet is at:

Bothwell Road
G71 7ET


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Bothwell Castle, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

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Opening times

This site is currently closed as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections. We apologise for any inconvenience.


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