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The Hunting Lodge.

By Tooma
One of our favourite places to walk around, explore, and enjoy, is the Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. I shot these two pics of the former Dukes of Hamilton's Hunting Lodge last July, but so far we have not been able to visit this year as the Council closed it nearly two months ago - a huge open space out in the country. I'm saying nothing.

"Chatelherault was built in 1732 as the hunting lodge and summer house for the Duke of Hamilton. Designed by the famous Scottish Architect William Adam, Chatelherault now serves as a magnificent gateway to a beautiful Country Park.
5 star visitor attraction
The restored building is now a visitor centre with display gallery and exhibitions on the area's history, wildlife and also the story of Chatelherault itself. The house also has a large gift shop, cafe and reception area as well as meeting rooms and conference/wedding space.
You can also download a free treasure trail app and enjoy following the clues around the Chatelherault site.
The Duke's Private Banqueting Room at Chatelherault
Visitors can also view the Duke's private Banqueting Room, apartments and formal gardens. Furthermore the hunting lodge is set on an eye-catching hilltop site affording panoramic views of Glasgow and the surrounding hills.
Get back to nature
Those who fancy venturing outside of the main building can ramble through 10 miles of stunning gorge walks along the River Avon and through ancient woodland, some of which are the oldest in the country. The area is home to a wide range of wildlife including roe deer, badgers, otters, kingfishers and more."


Tags: Hamilton Architecture Historical Country park Landscape and travel Lanarkshire Duke of Hamilton William Adam Ferniegair

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taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
19 May 2020 2:31AM
Special--a grand old building! would love to visit!
Daisymaye Plus
11 23 18 Canada
19 May 2020 3:27AM
Looks a lovely place to visit.
bluesandtwos 10 428 1 England
19 May 2020 7:47AM
Had never heard of it Blush but that is just the sort of place I like to visit! (do I need a passport to go that far North? Smile)

Dave
19 May 2020 8:20AM
Someday I need to go visit! Nice shot Tom, if only i could go now Sad
19 May 2020 8:28AM
It looks the sort of place we'd love to visit, Tom - let's hope you're able to again .... and soon!!
Chatelherault in France looks an interesting place, too - especially its Auto Motorcycle Museum!!SmileSmile
Excellent images and a very interesting write up.

RichardSmile
richmowil Plus
11 412 2 England
19 May 2020 9:47AM
Its on the list to visit now Tom. Good interesting script too!
mac Plus
18 8 Scotland
19 May 2020 10:28AM
Back in the days, when this was considered a hunting lodge. I wonder what his main abode looked like? Excellent images of the building with good colours, great skyscape and accompanied by its history.
Ian
19 May 2020 11:48AM
One of my favourite places, as a young teenager I "found" this place, only then it was a burned out ruin with no roof and falling down! Over many years it was restored it to it's former glory and made the old mining tracks into pathways and formed Chatelherault Country Park. There is a lot of history in this area including Cadzow Castle (ruin) even prehistoric "Earthworks", the visitor centre is full of information etc.
I can't visit there as often as I would like these days, my disability prevents my having the freedom to roam about this wonderful place with my camera as I did in the past (before accident+wheelchair).

But seriously, if you get a chance to visit, take your camera!!!!!
Tooma Plus
4 2.1k 3 Scotland
19 May 2020 12:19PM

Quote:Had never heard of it Blush but that is just the sort of place I like to visit! (do I need a passport to go that far North? Smile)
Dave



If moaning non-independence independence Sturgeon was ever to get things all her own way, you may need your passport, Dave. Lol. 🤨😎
Tooma Plus
4 2.1k 3 Scotland
19 May 2020 12:23PM

Quote:Someday I need to go visit! Nice shot Tom, if only i could go now Sad

Hey Kenny! Good to hear from you. Hope you are well and stay that way. ☺😎 Yes, worth a visit or three. There is lots to see and places to explore - not very far to travel either.
Tooma Plus
4 2.1k 3 Scotland
19 May 2020 12:32PM

Quote:Back in the days, when this was considered a hunting lodge. I wonder what his main abode looked like? Excellent images of the building with good colours, great skyscape and accompanied by its history.
Ian


His main abode was quite the pile of bricks, Ian; palatial in fact, and on a par with Buckingham Palace, and called, Hamilton Palace. The history of the Dukes of Hamilton is extensive; here is a link to a good article on the subject - https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/stories/art-and-design/the-rise-and-fall-of-hamilton-palace/ 😎
davyskid 3 2 Scotland
19 May 2020 11:34PM
Excellent set stunning building I must put it on the bucket list !!! Tom SmileSmile
Davy
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
30 May 2020 11:40AM
Wonderful architecture and images Tom
Ian

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