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Cardoness Castle

Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2EH, Scotland
+44 1557 814427
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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 3 weeks ago

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

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 18 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 12 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
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Dropped in to look round and was disappointed to find the gates locked and a sign on the office door open again in the spring. We had visited a long time ago and it would have been nice to refresh our memories . It will...More

1  Thank craigluscar
Reviewed 12 October 2016

If you enjoy visiting Castle and Keeps this one is worth a visit. Excellent location with good parking. Not really suitable in many bits for the less able. Read the history before you go.....then you can fully appreciate why it was built where it is....More

Thank antis
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Castle has fabulous views of the Solway Firth and an equally fascinating history. A short walk from Gatehouse of Fleet but does have a small car park ad a visitor centre - Scottish National Trust property.

Thank Barbarasheridan
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Lovely castle wich is very well maintained, all facilities are very clean & tidy best of all dogs are allowed entry FOC £4.50 each adult which we were more than happy to pay for especially as our dog was allowed in. Small car park but...More

1  Thank Nicola B
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Just had to visit this historical site as it has links with my ancestors past. Mcculloch. I Wasn't disappointed ,the views are outstanding and being there touched me emotionally despite the outrages accounts of the Mccullochs. At one time you could buy Mcculloch key rings...More

Thank mtsabbott
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Karen M
15 July 2017|
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