Torthorwald Castle

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Torthorwald Castle is a 12th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress. 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. To the south is a trapezoidal bailey, which has been damaged by ploughing and the castle was still bring occupied in the early 18th century.

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


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