Hermitage Castle

Hermitage Castle doesn’t mess around – it’s what I call a proper ‘sod off’ castle, rising like a titan out of Liddesdale, the bloodiest valley in Britain. Hermitage is completely unique, combining 4 corner towers into one of Scotland’s most formidable fighting machines. It’s also rife with folklore – not only is it supposedly haunted by a Redcap demon who drains the blood of the unwary to dye his cap, a supposed giant’s grave also rests on the grounds of the adjacent ruined chapel. It’s here that Mary, Queen of Scots rode to in the bitter cold and rain to see her husband, Bothwell, after he was wounded by a local reiver. One of Scotland’s most intimidating and awe-inspiring castles to be sure.