Caerlaverock - the History of a Coastal Woodland

The NatureScot Caerlaverock Car Park • Scotland, United Kingdom

Everyone knows the castle but what stories are hidden in Caerlaverock Castle Wood?

Dr Coralie Mills and the Dendrochronicle team ( have been studying Caerlaverock Castle Wood for HES. What can the ancient trees and their relationship with archaeological features tell us about changing land use through the centuries? How has the dynamic coastal location affected the history of this wooded cultural landscape?

Join this guided walk, led by Coralie, discussing the findings of the research, highlighting what we know and still don't about this site. Coralie will start with some old maps to show the group at the start, giving an overview and helping to understand what is quite a complex wood. She will lead us to some of the spectacular ancient trees in the environs of Caerlaverock Castle and show how they relate to the archaeology, history and location of this fascinating site.

As we wrap up the event, attendees will be able to enjoy a sample of refreshments sourced from The Boathouse in Glencaple.

Wellies recommended!

Note: 2 identical walks proposed on the same day, 3-5 and 6-8pm.

Reserve your free place now, full information will be sent to attendees 48 hours before the event.

The event is possible thanks to the support of surrounding landowners, including Historic Environment Scotland, NatureScot and Caerlaverock Estate.

This event forms part of the Dumfries & Galloway Woodlands 2024 Summer Programme, funded thanks to support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. For more information about Dumfries & Galloway Woodlands (SCIO 052525), visit, and sign up to become a member!

('top photo: An ancient oak christened 'The Shrew Pollard' during the Dendrochronicle survey because they found a dead but perfectly intact shrew upon it'.)



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