Bothwell is a small town near Hamilton that has a long and dramatic history.
To the west of Bothwell stand the substantial ruins of Bothwell Castle, Scotland’s largest and perhaps finest 13th century castle. It was a stronghold of the powerful Moray and Douglas families and one of the castle's most striking features is its massive round tower. On the other side of town, Bothwell Bridge, which spans the Clyde, was the scene of a major battle between Royalists and Covenanters in 1679. A monument commemorating the battle stands near to the bridge. The rich countryside around Bothwell and along the banks of the Clyde provides excellent walking opportunities.