Border Castles and Towers
From Hexham take the A69 west, then the A6079 north. At the crossroads (4 miles) turn left and at the roundabout take the last exit for Humshaugh.
This is the best scenic approach to the castle.
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A mighty stronghold, it is associated with dreadful tales of bloodshed and torture.
The castle is in a fine setting and very photogenic.
It is associated with the Swinburnes
and Widdringtons families.
The Story of Archie Armstrong
Armstrong, the chief of his clan, had been captured and was
Thomas Swinburne, the castle owner, had been summoned to York
Well on his way he became aware of a large key hanging from his belt.
Suddenly, he remembered – the prisoner.
days had passed since his imprisonment and is was likely that
seeing the Cardinal, Swinburne turned his horse and, alarmed,
horse dropped dead at Durham with fatigue but he got another and
when the entrance to the dungeon was opened his worst fears
Archie Armstrong was dead.
features were contorted with a fearful look of horror and the flesh
ghost of the reiver haunted the castle thereafter with dreadful
priest was brought from nearby Simonburn to exorcise the ghost
later, the bible was taken away for repair and immediately the
The ghost had returned.
Hastily, the bible was returned and the shrieking ceased.
Archie was at rest again.