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- Mains Castle, East Kilbride

Mains Castle, East Kilbride

15th century Mains Castle is now surrounded by the new town of East Kilbride yet stands in its own grounds, overlooking a lake in the James Hamilton Heritage Park. The castle is complete with a great hall, barrel-style vault, winding turret staircase, and ramparts at the top of five floors, with breathtaking views.

Mains Castle was originally the property of the Comyns - John Comyn was murdered by the Earl of Carrick (later King Robert the Bruce) 1306. The estate passed to the Lindsays of Dunrod (one of the family had helped in the killing of Comyn).

The ruin of Mains Castle was restored to its 15th Century splendour by Mike Rowan between 1976 and 1986. For this he won 2 Saltire Awards, one for the best restoration in 1986 and one as the main contractor (New Heritage) for Excellence in Restoration. There are solid oak doors, open stone fires, flagstone floors and a spiral staircase. This winds from the ground floor 'Barrel Vault' to the fifth floor Garret, giving access to the Parapet and Cap Tower with magnificent views on every side.

At the end of 2002, Mains Castle sold to a couple who were originally from Dennistoun and the South Side of Glasgow. The new owners, Senga and John Kemp describe it as a "dream home".

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