Chatelherault Country Park

A country park extending over 200 ha (494 acres) 2 miles (3 km) southwest of Hamilton in South Lanarkshire, Chatelherault was formerly part of the estate of the Duke of Hamilton surrounding Hamilton Palace. The palace was demolished but Chatelherault Hunting Lodge, built for the 5th Duke of Hamilton, and an Iron-Age fort survive. Also within the park are a deep gorge of the Avon Water overlooked by 13th Century Cadzow Castle, oak trees dating from the 15th Century and a rare breed of white cattle bred by the Dukes of Hamilton and perhaps descended from the ancient wild cattle of Scotland. The park which is visited by over 400,000 people each year, was opened in 1987 by the Duke of Gloucester.

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