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Hermitage Castle
NY 497-960 Roxburghshire Scotland

Hermitage Castle Hermitage Castle was originally a mid 13th century earth and timber enclosure fortress, probably founded by Nicholas de Soulis. Standing on the north bank of Hermitage Water, its two large rectangular wards were protected by wide ditches and the broken and marshy ground. In the mid 14th century, Sir Hugh de Dacre built in the southern ward, a hall flanked on the ends by three storey cross-wings, founding the stone castle. In the late 14th century, William, earl of Douglas started the transformation of the fortification into a stone four storey multi-towered castle. A large rectangular tower was flanked on the south-west angle by a small square tower, with a first-floor entrance protected by two sets of portcullis. Early in the 15th century, small square towers were added on three angles of the main block, with a postern protected by a portcullis in the south-east tower. In the late 15th century, when a rectangular wing, with a western first floor entrance was added to the south-west angle, the castle was complete. The east and west sides of the towers, are joined at the top by an arched curtain wall and a continuous wooden hoarding gave projection below the battlements. In the 16th century, the walls were pierced with oval gun-loops and a massive earth bank build to protect the western approach. The castle was ruined by the late 18th century but its outer walls were repaired in 1820. 6 miles south is Liddel Castle and 16 miles north is Hawick Motte.


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Hermitage Castle is located west of Hermitage, off the B6399. 23 miles south of Jedburgh, on the B6357-B6399.

The site is owned by Historic Scotland and is open daily, April to September 9:30-5:30pm.

There is a car park.


Hermitage Castle pictures and large castle map
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