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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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We didn’t go into the castle as it was officially closed but enjoyed walking around the impressive building! Our dog loved it too, unfortunately she was more interested in rolling in all of the sheep droppings!
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
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
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
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
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.