Visit Douglas and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Douglas, South Lanarkshire, is a small town on the Douglas Water in a coal-mining area. A seam opened beneath Douglas Castle caused it to be demolished in 1938—48; only the chapel and porch remain of the house that was rebuilt in 1759. The earlier building was the scene of the Douglas Larder when, in 1307, Sir James Douglas trapped the English while they were in church on Palm Sunday and recaptured his own castle.
“The guid Schir James” Douglas has been much romanticized in Scottish history. He was undoubtedly one of Bruce's boldest and most reliable captains during the King's guerrilla warfare to regain Scotland. But Douglas was primarily a virtuoso in terrorism. The episode of the Douglas Larder is one of the most daring, the most outrageous, and (be it added) the most disgusting of his terroristic activities. The castle was rebuilt later and was Scott's “Castle Dangerous”.
The Church of St Bride was founded in the 12th century and rebuilt in 1390; it has canopied tombs and effigies of Douglases, including Archibald Bell-the-Cat, Earl of Angus, whose heart in a leaden casket is there. It has an unusual clock-tower with a clock dated 1565, traditionally a gift of Mary Queen of Scots, and a Dutch bell cast in 1609. In 1780 the church was abandoned as a place of worship.
Nearby towns: Biggar, Lanark, Lesmahagow, Moffat, Muirkirk, Sanquhar, Strathaven
Nearby villages: Abington, Auchenheath, Blackwood, Carmichael, Carnwath, Carstairs, Coalburn, Crawford, Crawfordjohn, Crossford, Douglas Water, Glassford, Glenbuck, Kirkfieldbank, Kirkmuirhill, Leadhills, New Lanark, Pettinain, Quothquan, Rigside, Sandford, Stonehouse, Symington, Thankerton, Wiston
Have you decided to visit Douglas or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Douglas bed and breakfast (a Douglas B&B or Douglas b and b)
- a Douglas guesthouse
- a Douglas hotel (or motel)
- a Douglas self-catering establishment, or
- other Douglas accommodation