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Hermitage Castle

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Soak up the eerie, powerful atmosphere of an imposing stronghold with a notorious reputation. One of the great Borders castles, Hermitage dates back to the 1300s. Look for the garrison's cesspit and seek shelter under the great arch if it rains.
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Hermitage Castle Liddesdale, Hawick TD9 0LU, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

An interesting change from some of the smaller, more ruined castles we visited on this trip.The exterior is virtually intact with massive walls that that speak to its military purpose

Thank LindaE2220
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a really great trip out. The castle is very distinctive and interesting. A fair bit of it is accessible, there are stairs that you can get up to see some of one of the upper floors (including the dungeon). There's also the remains...More

1  Thank Alfred A
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

Take the time to veer of the path more frequently “trod” as you journey through the borders and visit the Hermitage Castle. Atmospheric, striking, presence, dour with just a hint of chilling don’t sound the best way to entice someone but take a chance and...More

Thank Rob S
Reviewed 14 July 2018

In the middle of nowhere a castle rises out of the landscape suddenly....and imposes a foreboding sense of dread. Home to the Elliott and Douglas Clan, it was meant to intimidate the British. To this day it intimidates everyone experiencing it. Of course other border...More

Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 3 July 2018

In excellent condition for its year, add a roof and your away. Keep the English at bay! (Joking of course) Glad we took the troble to go to it.

1  Thank Ken N
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Although in a remote setting, the castle is easily accessible by car. There is ample parking available which is free. The place is steeped in history and there is a small ruined and ancient chapel close by (included in the entrance fee). The castle is...More

1  Thank Billy N
Reviewed 22 June 2018

Interesting, atmospheric, lonely castle in the Scottish Borders. Unfortunately when we arrived it was absolutely pouring with rain/hail/thunder so we weren't able to wander around and soak up the atmosphere as I would have liked. Would definitely like to visit again sometime.

1  Thank Christine M
Reviewed 19 May 2018

I walked in the footsteps of my ancestors. What a special place for those of us with Elliot, Eliott, Eliot, Elliott blood. It is so worth the trip in the moors. History comes alive in a desolate place like this. If the walls could talk...

1  Thank MaryC508
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

This a big stark pile with one intention, to intimidate and block enemies. With nearby chapel and earthworks, Hermitage has much fascinating history. Set in an open area it can be viewed on all sides. Loved it.

1  Thank Kandersteg
Reviewed 22 April 2018

As a 'nearly' (1 hour drive) local, I love this castle, such an impressive building located along a B road. Friendly and warm Historic Scotland staff greet you at the entrance...

1  Thank cwilson46
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29 May 2018|
Response from Kandersteg | Reviewed this property |
There loads of themed Coach Tours from Edinburgh. I suggest Google Borders Tours to find out. Hermitage Castle is perhaps a bit off the beaten track for them but you never know
Kristi S
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Response from Douglas E | Reviewed this property |
I couldn’t answer re public transport, but it is a bit out on its own. Fairly remote.