Thursday, August 19, 2010
Fatlips sits on a craggy hill above the B road connecting Ancrum with Hawick. Its a place to capture the imagination and is overgrown and wild. The castle is a bit like Greenknowe (see entry), but less well cared for. However if you park in the small lane below and walk up its a great place to picnic and to visit. The walk up shows that once this was well cared for as Rhodedendrum bushes abound although now wild. The castle sits on a crag of land with a rocky lip surrounding. Someone has broken the barred door so it is accessible but must be dangerous to ascend, although my sons did and gave us a shock by waving from the top. Not adviseable.