Dumfries and Galloway is home to over 100 castles. Because of its proximity to the English border, it was a highly defended area and so fortresses were a necessity. Some of these structures are in ruins and some are bustling tourist attractions.
Caerlaverock Castle is the only triangular shaped castle in the whole of the UK and is a great one to visit. It sits on a glistening moat and the unusual shape helped for defensive purposes. As well as being ready for battle, the castle also held luxurious living quarters and even a prison.
Threave Castle is another must-see in the area. The dominating tower was built by Archibald ‘the Grim’, 3rd Earl of Douglas in 1370 in sits in the middle of the River Dee. Guests can take a boat to the island to may even see some Osprey chicks on their visit to the island.
Another good one to visit is Drumlanrig Castle which looks like something out of a fairy-tale. Known as the ‘pink palace’, it was constructed of pink sandstone and is an example of late 17th century Renaissance architecture. As well as the castle itself, there are gardens and an adventure playground for families.