Friday 4 May 2018

Newark Castle, Port Glasgow

If you are going to be visiting Inverclyde over the summer months, then the one place not to miss is Newark Castle in Port Glasgow.

Parts of Newark Castle date back to the 15th century, but it was adapted and added to over the years.

I love looking at the old timbers in the castle.  The roof of the upstairs gallery is spectacular.  When conservators dated the roof timbers they found that they were much older that the actual building and had been taken from somewhere else and reused here - recycling even then!  You can see numeral carved into this one - others have them too.  It is thought this was to help the carpenters assemble the roof when it was being built.

This old door certainly shows its age, but is absolutely wonderful.

Please don't leave Newark Castle off your Inverclyde itinerary.  The Castle is looked after by Historic Environment Scotland.  Check their site for opening times and entry prices.


  1. A splendid, though rather stern-looking, building. Old timbers were often re-used in the past and there are several examples near me where whole roofs were appropriated by churches when the monasteries were dissolved.

  2. Certainly a wonderful to see from afar as I will never get to see it in person.
    I'm thrilled many of these buildings have been renovated and hopefully profitable.


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