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Antonine Wall Monuments
The Wall, Rome's north-west frontier, ran for 37 miles from Bo'ness to Old Kilpatrick. It consisted of a turf rampart fronted by a ditch; there were forts about every two miles. The Wall was built in the 140s AD and occupied for about 20 years. See also Antonine Wall entries in Argyll, The Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling & Trossachs section and link from that page to History of Scotland section on the Wall.
Antonine Wall: Bar Hill Fort
Half a mile east of Twechar, signposted from village, 64 NS 714 762-706 740
The highest on the line of the wall, containing the foundations of the headquarters building and bathhouse. To the east sits a small Iron Age fort. The Wall ditch runs past both.
Antonine Wall: Bearsden Bathhouse
On Roman Road, Bearsden
The well preserved remains of a bathhouse and latrine, built in the 2nd century AD to serve a fort.
Antonine Wall: Croy Hill
Between Croy and Dullatur, 64 NS 739 769-725 762
The fort here is not visable, but the Wall ditch survives well and there are two beacon platforms on the west side of the hill.
Antonine Wall: Dullatur
Half a mile east of Dullatur, 64 NS 751 772-756 773
A well preserved section of the ditch
Antonine Wall: Tollpark and Garnhall
West of Castlecary, 64 NS 793 781-769 777
A well preserved section of the ditch.
Barochan Cross
In Paisley Abbey, in the centre of Paisley
A fine free standing Celtic cross that formerly stood in Houston parish, west of Paisley.
Biggar Gasworks Museum
In Biggar, 72 NT 038 376 Tel: 01899 221050
Typical of a small town coal-gas works. Biggar is the only one surviving in Scotland. The oldest part of the works dates from 1839. Managed by the Biggar Museum Trust.
Open daily 2.00pm to 5.00pm JUne to September
Bothwell Castle, Uddingston
At Uddingston off the B7071.
Tel: 01698 816894

The largest and finest 13th-century stone castle in Scotland, much fought over during the Wars of Independence. Part of the original circular keep survives. In a beautiful setting overlooking the River Clyde.
Winter: closed Thursday afternoons and Fridays.
Bothwell Castle, Uddingston
Cadzow Castle
In the grounds of Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton
Constructed between 1500 and 1550, Cadzow Castle was known as the castle in the woods of Hamilton. It was built by Sir James Hamilton of Finnart for his half brother, the Second earl of Arran. At present, only the exterior of the castle can be viewed.

Photo by Duncan Fenton

Cadzow Castle

Caldwell Tower
At Uplawmoor, near Neilston, west of B776.  Small, 16th C tower house.  Ask for permission to view from nearby farm. (NS 422 551)

Photo by Duncan Fenton

Caldwell Tower

Coulter Motte
One and a half miles south west of Biggar, 72 NT 018 362
A good example of a Norman castle mound, which would have been surrounded by a palisade and timber tower.
Craignethan Castle
5.5m WNW of Lanark off the A72.
Tel: 01555 860364

In a picturesque setting overlooking the River Nethan, the oldest part of the castle is a tower house built by Sir James Hamilton of Finnart in the 16th century. The castle's extensive defences include a caponier - a stone vaulted artillery chamber - unique in Britain.
Winter: closed

Craignethan Castle

Crookston Castle
Off Brockburn Road, Pollock, south west of Glasgow city centre
The altered ruin of an unusual 15th century castle, consisting of a central tower with four square corner towers, set within 12 century earthworks. Affords excellent views of south-west Glasgow.

Photo by Duncan Fenton

Crookston Castle
Crossraguel Abbey
2m S of Maybole on the A77.
Tel: 01655 883113

Founded in the early 13th century by the Earl of Carrick the remains include the church, cloister, chapter house and much of the domestic premises. The early form of the Abbey's name suggests it meant the Cross of Riaghail and referred to a great standing cross.
Winter: closed
Crossraguel Abbey
Douglas Castle
1 mile north of Douglas, north of A70  NS 843318
Originally built in 13th C, added to in 16th C.

Photo by Duncan Fenton

Douglas Castle

Gilbertfield Castle
Near East Kilbride, south of  A724. Ruined 16th C tower house (NS 653 588)

Photo by Duncan Fenton

Gilbertfield Castle

Glasgow Cathedral
In Glasgow.
Tel: 0141 552 6891

One of the most magnificent buildings of medieval Scotland, it is a rare example of a complete pre-Reformation Scottish cathedral. David I established the medieval diocese in the early 12th century but the main building of the cathedral was not completed until well into the 14th century. A new lighting system reveals much of the medieval splendour for the first time.
Glasgow Cathedral
Johnstone Castle
In middle of housing estate in Johnstone. Built in 16thC Tower house of 3 storeys. (NS 425 623)

Photo by Duncan Fenton

Johnstone Castle

Mearns Castle
3 miles south-west of Barrhead, south of A77  NS 553553
15th C keep now attached to Church of Scotland building. Ask minister for permission to view interior.

Photo by Duncan Fenton

Mearns Castle

Mount Stuart
Rothesay, Isle of Bute
Tel: 01700 503877

MOUNT STUART is one of the most spectacular houses of the 19th century sited on the accessible and unspoilt island of Bute on the west coast of Scotland.

Mount Stuart

Mugdock Castle
Near Milngavie, west of of A81 in grounds of Mugdock Country Park.
14th courtyard castle, altered over the centuries. (NS 549 772)

Photo by Duncan Fenton

Mugdock Castle

Newark Castle
In Port Glasgow on the A8.
Tel: 01475 741858

Built by George Maxwell in the 15th century this elegant and still virtually intact castle was enlarged by his descendent Patrick Maxwell in the 16th century. Patrick was infamous for murdering two of his neighbours and beating his wife of 44 years who bore him 16 children.
Winter: closed

Newark Castle

Paisley Abbey
Paisley.  Original building from 12th C with several additions.

Photo by Duncan Fenton

Paisley Abbey

St Bride's Church, Douglas
In Douglas, 72 NS 835 309
The choir and south side of the nave of a late 14th century parish church. The choir contains three canopied monuments to the Douglas family.

Photo by Duncan Fenton

St Bride's Church, Douglas
Strathaven Castle
In Strathaven, south of A71 at A726.  (NS 703 445)  Ruined 15th C keep.

Photo by Duncan Fenton

Strathaven Castle