Hannah and I felt very privileged to get a rare chance to see the interior of 16th Century Corra Castle, the ruins of which sit above the steep cliffs above Corra Linn waterfall in New Lanark. Many thanks to Laura Preston, Falls of Clyde Ranger for the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
The exterior of the castle. This is the only entrance as the fortifications were defended by steep cliffs or ground on three sides. The castle was painted by J.M Turner among others. Turner also produced sketches of New Lanark which he referred to when he painted further scenes of the area from memory, 20 years or so after his only visit. One of the sketches can be seen here on the Tate website. From the middle of the 19th century, an incredibly impressive 14000 people visited New Lanark every year…this at a time when transport to the area was a challenge. This was helped by the introduction of “Cheap Trains” which ran periodically from Glasgow and Edinburgh to allow further accessibility to the area and open up the countryside to ordinary families. However, the family on the Corehouse estate side of the river chose to close their ticket booths to the public on those particular days…perhaps seeming it wise to prevent the, ahem, undesirables from experiencing any further culture and education than was absolutely necessary.
Laura describes the exterior and interior of the ruins.
Inside the entrance hall showing the main, three storey walls.
Inside the entrance hall within the castle. Much reclaimed by nature.
You can also see the overgrown view from the window into the deep gorge at the back of the building. The text carving on the wall at the entrance to the first vault is difficult to read, although the date looks like 1549.
The viewpoint below the castle which overlooks Corra Linn waterfall was recently restored by the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) and allows a stunning view along the gorge.
The stonework remains of the stove-heated glasshouse and lawn within the grounds of Corehouse Estate.
Ruins of the fruit and herb garden and the stone-sided greenhouse on the estate. Hannah enjoyed a sneaky raspberry from the still existing bushes inside the walls!
A view of the valley upstream of Corra Linn and from inside the estate dovecot. Inside the dovecot you can see the stone nesting boxes. The birds would have been kept for eggs, meat and the feathers used for pillows and bedding.
We were rewarded by a beautiful sunset over Kirkfieldbank as we drove home.