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Tarbolton Motte
NS 432-273 Ayrshire Scotland

Tarbolton MotteTarbolton Motte is a 12th century mutilated earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by Gilbert, son of Richer de Boyville. Standing on a prominent spur with steep natural slopes to the south and east, there are the shallow remains of an eastern encasing motte ditch. With a south-western entrance, scarps and low banks encase the east bailey but the west bailey has been encroached upon by houses. Now on common ground, a June bonfire was lit on the flat-topped mound in the 19th century. 3 miles north-west is Barnweill Castle and 10 miles south-west is Greenan Castle.


Street Map

Tarbolton Motte is located in the village centre, off Hill Street. 8 miles south of Kilmarnock, on the B751-B730.

The site is freely accessible in daylight hours.

Car parking is by the side of the road.


Tarbolton Motte pictures and large castle map
Tarbolton Motte Picture 1Tarbolton Motte Picture 2Tarbolton Motte Picture 3Castle Map of the Area

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