No, we aren’t in France – the name Chatelherault derives from the title of Duc de Châtellerault presented to James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran, in 1548 and to subsequent Dukes of Hamilton. Their home, Hamilton Palace, was demolished in 1921: Chatelherault, designed by William Adam, is merely a hunting lodge built in 1734 to provide the 5th Duke with estate buildings, stables and kennels. Normally you can see inside, but it had been hired for a Bridal Shower when we visited last week, so we contented ourselves with a stroll around the exterior. Strange place to practice your drums, we thought.

The grounds are now a country park, so we chose the longest of its trails and set off on what must be the muddiest walk of the year so far: a 5 mile round trip down one side of the Avon Gorge to the Green Bridge and back up the other. (The Avon Water is a tributary of the Clyde.)

Just before arriving back at Chatelherault, we passed the Cadzow Oaks and the remains of Cadzow Castle. This might be the oldest surviving oak woodland in Scotland – some of the trees have been dated at over 500 years old.

The castle is of similar age, probably built around 1500-1550, and only seems to be held up by massive scaffolding, courtesy of Historic Scotland.

From here, it was a short trip across the Duke’s Bridge and back to the car-park at Chatelherault. We’d been so busy lacing our boots up when we arrived that we hadn’t noticed this totem pole behind the car.

Where has everyone else been walking lately? Find out at Jo’s Monday Walks.

44 thoughts on “Chatelherault

  1. Denzil April 24, 2016 / 19:34

    I always appreciate how you take time to caption your photographs Anabel. There’s a lesson there that I need to learn!


    • Anabel Marsh April 24, 2016 / 19:38

      I didn’t for a long time – now wondering if it’s worth it. It takes so long!


  2. lisadorenfest April 24, 2016 / 04:48

    Chatelherault is definitely an odd place to play drums :-). Beautiful building. And love the old trees.


  3. corinnevail April 19, 2016 / 16:08

    I love the name! I think it looks so romantic. I love the twisted trees and the green lawn, such a contrast. Beautiful.


    • Anabel Marsh April 19, 2016 / 16:49

      Thanks Corinne, it is rather romantic – the interiors too. Next time we might get pictures of them.


  4. cassam101 April 19, 2016 / 14:59

    I keep meaning to visit here with the grandchildren but I think I’ll wait until it’s not so muddy.


    • Anabel Marsh April 19, 2016 / 16:47

      Good plan – though it’s not so muddy round the house and I don’t suppose you’d want to go as far as we did with wee ones. There’s a playground and indoor play area too.


  5. Alex Hurst April 15, 2016 / 23:24

    Amazing… The upkeep on that country club must be outrageous! But it is so beautiful. And that trail looks spectacular. I loved the trees in particular. Big, rotund trunks, like they’re drunk on their own sap. 🙂

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  6. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor April 14, 2016 / 14:10

    I love this post! My hubby is currently working in Glasgow and he goes walking at Chatelherault all the time. In fact, he just sent me a picture of one of those spooky old oak trees.

    Cheers – Ellen


    • Anabel Marsh April 14, 2016 / 14:20

      Amazing! That’s a coincidence. This was a couple of weeks ago, otherwise I could say maybe we passed him. At the moment, no – we’re now in Toronto.


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