Newark Castle

Greater Glasgow

The fine 16th-century castle is still largely intact and has a spectacular position on the shores of the Clyde. Once a far grimmer fortified tower, it was converted to a Renaissance mansion in the 1590s by the rogue owner Patrick Maxwell. The hall boasts a magnificent fireplace, and you can climb a claustrophobic spiral stair for great views from the ramparts.

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