Craignethan Castle

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Craignethan, dating back to around 1530, is an important early artillery fortification with an exceptional residential tower and fine setting. The oldest part is the tower house built by Sir James Hamilton of Finnart. The castles defences include a caponier, a stone vaulted artillery chamber which is rare in Britain. Opening arrangements: Summer - 1 April - 30 September , Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, October - 1 October - 31 October, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, Winter - 1 November - 31 March , Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.

Craignethan Castle

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The county of Lanarkshire is split into North and South and surrounded by many counties - Stirling, Falkirk, West Lothian, Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire and Glasgow. The county is probably most famous for The New Lanark World Heritage Site which was built in 1785 by David Dale, a Scottish industrialist, to take advantage of the water power of the Falls of Clyde, to spin cotton much of which is commemorated at Summerlee Heritage Park.