Castles monuments in Dumfries & Galloway
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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Dumfries & Galloway

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tabDRUMLANRIG CASTLECastles & Historic Monuments
17 miles (27km) north of Dumfries and Galloway, on A76, near Thornhill
Explore 90,000-acres of beautiful countryside with walking, cycling and world-class mountain bike trails to suit every age and ability. Children can enjoy everything from a playground to guided wildlife walks.

Immerse yourself in over 600-years of family history on a fascinating tour led by experts. Regarded as one of the greatest examples of Renaissance architecture dating back to the 1800's in Scotland, rooms are home to rich tapestries and stunning works of art. Drumlanrig Castle Gardens offer 40-acres of inspirational horticulture, the whole family can enjoy.

After all that activity, sit back and relax in the Castle Tea Room or complete your day with a visit to the Gift Shop.
Tel: 01848 331555
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Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock, Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG1 4RU
Tel: 01387 770244

Historic Scotland. Surrounded by moats, it has a twin-towered gatehouse and a Renaissance range.

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Cardoness Castle

Beside A75, on the B727, one mile (1.6km) southwest of Gatehouse-of-Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway
Tel: 01557 814427

Historic Scotland. Well preserved ruin of a 15th century tower house with good quality architectural details.

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Carsluith Castle

Carsluith, Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway
Tel: 0131 668 8800    Fax: 0131 668 8888

3.5 miles south of Creetown. The delightful and well-preserved ruin of a four storied tower house of the C16th with C18th ranges of out-houses reminding visitors that such houses were originally linked to outbuildings. One of its owners was the last abbot of Sweetheart Abbey. Keys available during standard opening times.

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Drumcoltran Tower

Off the A711, 7 miles (11.3km) northeast of Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway, among farm buildings

Historic Scotland. Well-preserved mid-16th century tower.

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MacLellan’s Castle

In the centre of Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway, on A711
Tel: 01557 331856

Historic Scotland. Castellated town house, complete except for its roof, built in 1570's.

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Orchardton Tower

6 miles (10km) southeast of Castle Douglas off A711

Historic Scotland. Small 15th century circular tower house.

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Threave Castle

Off the A75 on an island 2 miles (3km) west of Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

Owned by National Trust for Scotland and under guardianship of Historic Scotland.
Reached by boat and a long walk to the property. Massive 14th century tower and artillery fortification.

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Carsluith, Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway
Tel: 0131 668 8800    Fax: 0131 668 8888

6.5 miles south east of Creetown. Dating back to about 2000 BC. Impressive remains of two chambered cairns.

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Castle of St John

Charlotte Street, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway, DG9 7EJ
Tel: 01776 705544     E-mail:

The Castle of St. John is alternatively known as the Chapel or Stranraer Castle and is located in the centre of Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway. Restored by Wigtown District Council and open to the public since 1990, the castle was built in 1510 by Ninian Adair of Kilhurst, one of the most powerful Lairds of Wigtownshire. It passed to the Kennedys in 1591, was a Dalrymple of Stair property from 1680 and eventually passed to public ownership in 1815 when it was purchased by the Burgh of Stranraer.

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Chapel Finian

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway
Tel: 0131 668 8800    Fax: 0131 668 8888

5 miles north west of Port William. Dating from C10th/11th, the remains of a small chapel in an enclosruer built in the Irish style, is probably named after St Finian who studied at Whithorn. Low walls remain on long raised beach.

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McDiarmid Memorial (Monument)

Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway
Tel: 013873 80914

Overlooking the town of Langholm the memorial was designed by sculptor Jake Harvey. It takes the form of a giant metal open book. There is also a MacDiarmid Trail around the town of Langholm where this greatest 20th century poet was born and educated. His first collection 'Annals of the Five Senses' was published in 1923 followed by 'Penny Wheep, Three Hymns to Lenin and A Kist of Whistles'. MacDiarmid is buried in a simple grave in Langholm Cemetery - Lair E73.

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Ukrainian POW Chapel (Church/Chapel)

Muirhill, Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway
Tel: 01576 204025

This pre-war building is made of a timber frame with plaster boarding inside. Looking at the building from the outside, the impression is of just another hut in the middle of nowhere. It is when you open the door and step inside then you realise what lies hidden behind the outer walls. It is the first Ukrainian Chapel of its' kind in Scotland and is still in use to this day. Services are still being held on the first Sunday of every second month. About 3 miles from the Camp is 'The Garden of Remembrance' for the Lockerbie Air Disaster.

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Drumtroddan Cup and Ring Marked Rocks and Standing Stones

Two miles (3km) northeast of Port William, Dumfries and Galloway, on the A747.
Historic Scotland.

Three groups of cup and ring marked stones probably carved in the Bronze Age; an alignment of three stones.

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Ruthwell Cross

Off the B724 at Ruthwell, Dumfries and Galloway, 8 miles (13km) southeast of Dumfries (within parish church). Historic Scotland.

Anglian sculptured cross dates from 7th century. Considered a major monument of Dark Age Europe.

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Torhouse Stone Circle

On the B733, 4 miles (6km) west of Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway, (A714).
Historic Scotland.

Bronze Age circle of 19 boulders (no longer upright).

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