"Caerlaverock -
where the unique balance of agriculture, wildfowling and conservation brings people and wildlife together for the benefit of both."

Caerlaverock Estate


Caerlaverock - conservation, castles and contrast....

Caerlaverock sunsetCaerlaverock Estate covers 5,200 acres of land lying to the East of the Nith Estuary near Dumfries in South West Scotland. With unrivalled views across the Nith to Criffel's towering summit, much of the estate falls within the Nith Estuary National Scenic Area. It's easy to see why. 

Conservation is at the core of everything we do. The estate includes several farms, some in-hand and some tenanted. These farms, which include arable land, permanent pasture, wetlands and woodlands are skilfully managed to create an intriguing landscape of contrasts which visitors are welcome to explore using our waymarked footpaths and walkways.

Visitors can also discover Caerlaverock Castle - 'the castle of the lark' - one of the finest medieval strongholds still in existence.  This giant, sandstone edifice still sits proudly within its moated sanctuary looking out over the merse like a proud sentinel standing guard over its domain.

Significantly, the estate is home to a national nature reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). We also have a Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre (WWT Caerlaverock). Together they create a diverse and internationally renowned wildlife habitat which attracts nature lovers from all corners of the globe.

We have several villages on the estate, each with their own unique historic past.  In the 18th and early 19th centuries the Nith Estuary was teeming with cargo ships from foreign shores, its ports supporting a number of thriving ship building yards. These days have gone but the legacy remains with many local people and visitors still involved in sporting and leisure activities which are inextricably linked to their maritime surroundings.


Photographs - © Allan Devlin

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