Caerlaverock Castle – Support Strategy

Heritage ConsultancyClient: Historic Environment Scotland

Caerlaverock Castle lies 11km south of Dumfries and is located where the estuary of the River Nith enters the Solway Firth. The New Castle and Old Castle site are Scheduled Ancient Monuments, Properties in Care and the castle is a Category A listed building. Planning Solutions Consulting was commissioned by Historic Environment Scotland to prepare a Support Strategy for Caerlaverock Castle with a focus on improving the visitor experience, identifying opportunities to work with adjoining landowners (including The Caerlaverock Estate, Caerlaverock Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s visitor site and Nature Scot) and the local community.

Our work included a detailed review of the operation of Caerlaverock Castle, alongside plans prepared by other consultancy teams, an analysis of the marketplace and the strategic context alongside a review of appropriate case examples. A critical element of the work was an extensive programme of engagement with approximately 40 stakeholders including local community organisations to enhance links with the community. This helped to ensure joint working opportunities were identified and that the Support Strategy responded to local needs.

This led to the production of a Technical Background Report and a Support Strategy for Caerlaverock Castle. This included identifying potential funding sources and setting out a delivery mechanism.

How can we help?
If have any questions about preparing a support strategy or exploring future options for a castle or other heritage site please don’t hesitate to call Richard Linington on 07866 742628 or email