We went to Dumfries on Saturday and then visited Caerlaverock Castle just south the town on the River Nith off the Solway Firth. It really is a beautiful and imposing medieval castle which you can read all about here. It was owned and built by the Maxwell family.
It has a moat around it and the gatehouse range is extremely imposing. Inside are the usual spiral staircases and impressive stonework. Being in the border country meant that the castle saw a lot of activity during the wars between Scotland and England.I really liked this decorated facade which is called the Nithsdale Lodgings, built in 1634 by Robert First Earl of Nithsdale - to impress, rather than for defence.
On Saturday when we visited, all that could be heard was the calls of swallows as they soared and swooped around us - such beautiful birds, although they were too fast for me to get a photo!
If you are ever in the area, then a visit to Caerlaverock Castle is well worth while.