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Explore Castles in Dumfries

According to TripAdvisor there are a whopping eleven castles to visit in Dumfries, so whether you’re a lover of history, architecture, culture, the great outdoors or all of the above this stunning area of Scotland is the perfect place for your next holiday. We take a quick look at all eleven castles to help you choose your favourites.

Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries

Dating back to the Medieval times Caerlaverock Castle is a perfect example of a medieval stronghold. Admire its battlements stretching high into the sky, walk over the bridge across the moat and learn about the fascinating history behind the castle.

Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries

Surrounded by dramatic Scottish landscapes and offering unique and beautiful architecture, Drumlanrig Castle offers a chance to dive deep into the history of the area. Wander through its 120 rooms, try salmon fishing, take the kids to the adventure park or try some of the seasonal activities like yoga.

Castle of St John, Stanraer

Built in 1500 the Castle of St John is set in the midst of the town of Stanraer and offers visitors the chance to delve into the history of the area with videos and reconstructions. Children will love the activity room, while adults can choose a guided tour or read the information dotted throughout the castle.

Threave Castle, Kirkcudbright

Set within pretty meadowlands, Threave Castle is reachable by a short boat trip from the shores of the River Dee. Standing at 30 metres, the castle is the same height as a modern 10 storey building and is packed full of history and culture just waiting to be discovered.

MacLellan’s Castle, Kirkcudbright

A beautiful castle ruin, MacLellan’s Castle was built in the 1500s and offers visitors the chance to step back in time. Visit the underground quarters of the servants, learn about the owners whose poverty led to the castle becoming a ruin and spy on guests from a secret spyhole behind the fireplace.

Dunskey Castle, Portpatrick

Perched on a cliff edge, the gothic Dunskey Castle offers stunning views out to sea as well as winding stairs and crumbling ruins just waiting to be explored.

Cardoness Castle, Gatehouse of Fleet

A six storey townhouse, Cardoness Castle offers visitors a trip back in time to the storied past of the McCullochs who commissioned the building of the castle. Wander through the castle and admire the pretty interior details, visit the pit prison and climb up to the battlements for beautiful views over the surrounding Scottish countryside.

Morton Castle, Dumfries

Offering dramatic views and a slightly Gothic aspect, Morton Castle is perfect for those who enjoy hiking and mountain biking. Now in ruins, climb up the hill to the castle and admire the lake and rolling fields below.

Drumcoltran Tower, Kirkgunzeon

Towering above the buildings on either side, Drumcoltran Tower offers beautiful views of the serene countryside surrounding it, as well as a chance to explore its striking interior. The top of the parapet is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic on a sunny day.

Lochmaben Castle, Lochmaben

A crumbling ruin where man meets nature, wander through the old stones of Lochmaben Castle, admire the former moat and make the most of the atmospheric grounds.

Carsluith Castle, Wigtown

Take a self guided tour through the history of Carsluith Castle and admire the views over the water to Wigtown as you read the plaques and learn the uses for each of the castle’s rooms. Make sure to climb to the top for the best views.

Where to stay when exploring castles in Dumfries?

A stunning building to rival the historic castles of Dumfries Friars Carse Hotel is the ideal choice when choosing a hotel in the area. Set across 45 acres guests are free to explore the stunning grounds before making use of the comfortable interiors and accommodation.

Stay at Friars Carse Hotel