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Cardoness Castle


UPDATE - Cardoness Castle is closed at the time of writing (30 January 2024) whilst masonry inspections are undertaken.

Cardoness Castle has a commanding elevated position overlooking the countryside near Gatehouse of Fleet. You cannot fail to see the castle when driving on the A75 between Dumfries and Stranraer.

Originally Cardoness Castle had a position by the sea, but land reclamation has now changed this.

The castle is linked with McCulloch Clan who were not a very lucky family. In the late 17th century, financial mismanagement led to their loss of the castle  to a family enemy. The McCulloch family were reluctant to leave their ancestral home and a dispute with the new legal owner resulted in one of the McCullochs being executed for murder.

The castle has a "basement" of vaulted chambers and there are several "floors" connected by a spiral staircase. The floors have all gone now, but you can still see the grand fireplaces where the rooms would have been.

The best feature of Cardoness Castle is the view from the rooftop platform. You need to climb up 80 steps (we maybe lost count of a few) and the staircase is not good for small children or those with mobility problems.

Cardoness Castle is an attraction that we would suggest visiting if you have an Explorer Pass. There are some information boards in the visitor centre explaining the history, but the views from the rooftop are the main reason for stopping here.

Save money on visiting this attraction by buying an Explorer Pass


near Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2EH Tel: 01557 814427

Operated by:

Historic Environment Scotland

Opening Hours:

1 April - 30 September: Daily, 9.30am to
Last entry 30 mins before closing


Adult £ 7.00, Child £4, Senior £ 5.50




English guidebooks and information boards


No, a path and steps lead up to the castle and there is a steep spiral staircase inside the castle






No, but there are picnic tables behind the visitor centre. There is a cafe beside the main car park in nearby Gatehouse of Fleet.

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