Carndochan – castle


Carndochan Castle was probably built by Llywelyn the Great in 1215-1230. The stronghold defended the eastern border of Gwynedd and the important route that ran between Bala and Dolgellau, and also provided protection for the royal herds grazed on upland pastures. It is not known when the castle was abandoned. Excavations from the nineteenth century discovered blackened earth, bones and charcoal, which suggests that the end of the stronghold was related with a fire and violent destruction.


The circumference of the castle’s defensive walls was approximately oval in plan. It was strengthened with a  horseshoe tower on the south side and a more extended horseshoe tower on the south-western side. The north – eastern part of the fortifications was protected by a cylindrical tower. The central place of the castle was occupied by a square building, probably a tower or a keep. There are no traces of the entrance gate.

Current state

Only the relics of the walls and the southern tower with a maximum height of up to 2 meters have survived to the present. Entrance to the ruins area is free.

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Website, Castell Carndochan, Dolhendre.
Website, Carndochan castle.