Bothwell Castle



Explore a castle hotly fought over during the Wars of Independence with England. Bothwell Castle, built on a grand scale in the late 1200s, frequently passed back and forth between English and Scottish hands.

Such hostility – in particular Edward I’s great siege of 1301 – meant the castle was never completed to its original plan. Yet, with its imposing donjon, it’s one of Scotland’s most impressive medieval strongholds standing today.

What to see and do

  • Admire Bothwell’s dramatic location by a winding curve in the River Clyde
  • Marvel at the 13th-century donjon, a circular keep tower that’s without parallel in Scotland
  • Shudder at the grimness of medieval prisons as you take in the prison tower
  • Step inside the 14th-century chapel, an impressive remnant of the days of the Black Douglases
  • The adjacent semi-natural woodland is full of flowers in spring 
  • There is access to the Clyde Walkway
  • Explore the castle with our fun fact-finding quiz

Opening times

There is no access to the Donjon or the Great Hall.

29 Mar to 30 Sept: Daily except Sun & Mon, 9.30am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

1 Oct to 28 Mar: Daily except Thur & Fri, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm). 

May close for lunch

Historic Scotland


Download our visitor app

Discover more on the go – the Historic Scotland app lets you find out about Scotland’s most iconic places wherever you are.

Plan your visit

More than 20 of our sites are now open. Please book your tickets in advance.

Become a member

Join Historic Scotland to visit our properties free of charge for a full year and support our work at the same time.

Hire a site for filming

Use one of our fantastic locations on your next shoot for an awe-inspiring backdrop to your work.

Learning visits

Our 300+ historic places serve as creative inspiration for all sorts of learning activities – and for learners of all ages.

Search our events

See the past brought to life by the imaginative year-round programme of events at our properties.