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Cardoness Castle

Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2EH, Scotland
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A fine example of a Scottish tower-house castle, Cardoness Castle was built in the later 15th century as the fortified residence of the McCullochs. Cardoness Castle is a well-preserved ruin where you can admire the exquisite architectural detail of this still magnificent structure, including the splendid fireplace and wall-cupboard where the family's best silverware was displayed, touch the intricate stone carvings and soak up the superb views over the beautiful Fleet Bay to the Solway Firth beyond. Open summer only
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Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2EH, Scotland
+44 1557 814427
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

This is situated just off the A75 and is an ideal place to stop off for a visit. As a tower house it is compact in size and you can climb right to the top to appreciate the fine views of the surrounding countryside. In...More

1  Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit, best to walk along the river from Gatehouse, turn left onto path after the bridge, a very pleasant walk with lovely views. The castle was a family home and is very intriguing, well worth climbing the stairs to the top, amazing...More

Thank Shirley B
Reviewed 13 August 2017

This castle was an interesting place for tha adults in the party and the two little girls had enormous fun hiding and exploring.

Thank Gill V
Reviewed 6 August 2017

friendly custodian and well signed monument. fairly child friendly, my granddaughter, who is not quite 6, made it to the top with a little help, especially on the way down. a bit pricey at £5 per adults and £3 for children over 5. helpfully, the...More

Thank wakefieldj
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Great place to pop in for a visit, the views from the top are brilliant and interesting to see bits of shell etc mixed in with the mortar. We go every couple of years for an hour or so and enjoy it every time.

Thank Callum W
Reviewed 25 June 2017

Cardoness is an interesting tower house, not least because it was built by my ancestors, the McCullochs. It is nicely and simply marked throughout the castle, and as others have noted, the view from the top of the tower stairs is spectacular. The visitor center,...More

1  Thank bookmiller
Reviewed 19 May 2017

A beautiful place to visit. Plenty of information. Grounds are immaculately kept. Pleasant and friendly lady in reception. It is well worth the climb to the top.

Thank QueenGuineviere
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Visited here on the late afternoon of 17th May and found we had the place to ourselves. Quite an interesting tower house type of castle and you can get to the top, although the top area isn't very big. There are no floors left in...More

Thank caravanman43
Reviewed 13 April 2017

OK, I admit that I'm not a massive history junkie and generally trail around ruins with the other half, looking for views and tea shops. I expected Cardoness to be another identikit castle ruin visit - there's a limit to how interesting these places can...More

Thank Clare L
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Friendly welcoming staff, magic views to the Solway Firth, lovely snow drops in Spring interesting history and architecture

Thank David_M186525
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Karen M
16 July 2017|
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Response from David_M186525 | Reviewed this property |
Yes in the grounds but not in the castle itself the policy is on the Historic Scotland web site