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This is your first sight of
as you approach it by road from Dumfries. The view is roughly to
the south. There wasn't much sun the day we were there, so I
this lovely romantic photo from http://www.aboutscotland.co.uk/caer/caer.html
The east side, the day we were there.
A little closer. The twin
towers, flanking the entrance.
The entrance and the drawbridge--or,
rather, a modern bridge where the drawbridge used to be.
The doorway, with the a
of a stag and a holly bush above the portcullis. You can see a
of the courtyard in the background.
The carving enlarged and enhanced a
Once upon a time in a kingdom by
the sea there lived a princess, beautiful but lonely. All day long she
sat in her room in the tower, gazing out of the window....
An alcove in the courtyard, with the
southwest tower beyond.
From a postcard we bought near the
"Caerlaverock Castle as it might have been in the 15th century. From
drawing by Alan Sorrell, 1959." The Solway Firth, which
to the Irish Sea, is in the background, to the south. These days,
the outer moat is dry....
...but the inner moat is good and
This photo is from http://www.smfa.edu/students/mdevine/Caerlaverockweb.html
There are several other good photos there showing the view from the
of the ruined interior.
This is also from http://www.aboutscotland.co.uk/caer/caer.html
The rear and east sides, with the
towed in the center. (I found this photo on the Internet, but
figure out where. If you know, please
send me email: (Sorry--please
type it into an email message.)
View from the south west, showing
of the interior. (From http://www.smfa.edu/students/mdevine/Caerlaverockweb.html.)
The castle was rebuilt for
life in the 1640s by Robert Maxwell, the first Earl of Nithsdale.
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