Caerlaverock castle has a triangular shape. The only one in the UK and one of the very few in Europe and the world. Moreover, if the triangle is divided in half, both its parts were initially completely identical. Now, however, one of the towers has been completely destroyed, and additional buildings have been erected in the courtyard that break the symmetry. Nevertheless, even now, when one of the towers is missing, and there is no opposition from the defenders, it is not so easy to get into the castle, passing the set entrance. The castle is surrounded by a deep moat, so it seems as if it grows out of the water.
The history of the castle is inseparably linked with the history of its owners, the Boyd family, who owned it since the beginning of the 19th century. In 1899, the castle inherited the 8th Lord Howard de Walden. In 1908, the restoration of the Main Tower was completed, and in the 1930s the palace was completely restored. He was a very diversified man and over the years of his life he collected an excellent collection of knives and armor from different countries, which is located in the castle today. In 1974 he bestowed the castle and its priceless collections on the city of Kilmarnock, and two years later, the castle was open to public visits.
From the visitor's review: "First visit today for lunch, food amazing, good portions, service fast efficient, service with a smile Stephanie my server had loads, great menu choices, I didn't have alcohol on this trip but they have a great list of cocktails, wines etc, a great place to eat, child friendly, cosy atmosphere very welcoming, I cannot praise it highly enough, a little gem of a place cannot Wait to return, give it a try you will not be disappointed, cheers to all the staff you all do an amazing job"
The Bruce Stone stands in a beautiful location overlooking the lake and the hills beyond. In memory of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, and the battle of Trool in 1307. It is hard to imagine, looking at this landscape, that such a fierce battle took place here 700 years ago. The mighty Merrick, the highest mountain in the Southern Highlands, guards Lough Troul. The views from the top are amazing, but this is a serious route for well-trained pedestrians. You can find more information about the route to WalkHighlands.
It is an Orthodox bronze cross. This memorial was the first monument to Russian soldiers in the United Kingdom. The place for the monument was not chosen by chance, it was here in the Firth of Clyde Bay in 1920, the ship rested on the bottom just 500 m from the shore. The Scots were afraid that the monument would not fit into the landscape, but everyone liked the memorial. The feat of "Varyag" is immortalized not only in Russian, but also in world history as a symbol of military valor and glory. Russian sailors deserve respect not only in their homeland, but also among their opponents.
If you like British dishes visit this place. In the menu, check out the amazing fish & chips, haddock and chicken. Here you can order delicious pudding, ice cream and fudge for dessert. Here you can try a good beer, wine or ale. Most visitors says that the staff in this place is pleasant.