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MacLellan's Castle


2024 Update - MacLellan's Castle is closed at the time of writing (7 Feb 2024) for site inspection and repair work, but the shop and grounds are accessible without charge.

MacLellan's Castle is situated right at the heart of Kirkcudbright and you will have no problems finding it.

MacLellan's Castle is different from the nearby Threave and Cardoness Castles because it was not required to be defensive. Consequently the layout of the castle has more emphasis upon the kitchen facilities and grand rooms for entertaining guests.

You will need to use your imagination to recreate the appearance of the upper floors of the castle. The ground floor rooms are more complete, with vaulted chambers, a  kitchen and dark corridors. The kitchen is made more interesting by the inclusion of chickens roasting on a spit and tables of convincing-looking plastic food. There are also some human figures in the kitchen and they look quite "Ghostly" as they are totally white.

An interesting feature of the castle is the "Laird's Lug", a small room where the Laird could overhear conversations in the main hall next door. Be sure to have a look in the main hall to try to figure out where the listening hole is!

Unfortunately, you cannot climb higher than the first floor of the castle so you will not be able to get elevated views across Kirkcudbright. There is a staircase to higher levels, but it was not safe for visitors to use during our visit.

This is an attraction that we would suggest visiting if you have an Explorer Pass. There are some information boards in the castle, but it is mainly a ruin so there is only so much to be seen.

Save money on visiting this attraction by buying an Explorer Pass


Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JD

Operated by:

Historic Environment Scotland

Opening Hours:

April to September, Mon - Thu, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (Last entry at 5pm)
October, Mon - Thu, 10 am to 4 pm (Last entry at 3:30pm) November - March: Closed


Adult £ 4.80, Child free, Senior £ 3.60 (At time of writing prices are reduced due to maintenance work closing off some areas of the castle)




English guidebooks and information boards


Only to the grounds of the castle. Stairs and narrow doorways limit access






No, but we can recommend Mulberries cafe in Kirkcudbright

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