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Torthorwald Castle
NY 033-782 Dumfriesshire Scotland

Torthorwald Castle Torthorwald Castle is a 12th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by the de Torthorwald family. In the late 14th or early 15th century, William de Carleil founded the stone castle when crowning the motte with a rectangular keep. The basement and first floor hall of the keep are vaulted and in south-west and north-east corners are spiral stairs that give access between the floors. The motte is encased by ramparts and wet ditches and a curtain wall formed an enceinte, which was flanked on the south-west angle by a round tower. The castle was still bring occupied in the early 18th century and to the south is a plough damaged, trapezoidal bailey. 5 miles south-west is Dumfries Castle and 5 miles north-east is Lochmaben Castle.


Street Map

Torthorwald Castle is located in the village centre, off Linns Road. 4 miles north-east of Dumfries on the A709.

The site is visible from the road.

Car parking is by the side of the road.


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

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