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Cardoness Castle

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“tower house”(8 reviews)
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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...more
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Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2EH, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

stairs extremely narrow but well worth the short walk up to see the view at the top. Lovely grounds. Car park right next to the tower. Very interesting too see where everything was and the picture on the wall lets you visualise it.

Thank paddynat20052018
Reviewed 29 September 2018

Loved our visit to this intact Tower house located on a mound with its far-reaching views over the surrounding hills and estuary (from the top). I'm scared of heights but managed ok, felt safe. Dog friendly (to be kept on leads). Loved exploring all the...More

Thank bluelizard
Reviewed 29 September 2018

Lovely place to visit and within walking distance of Gatehouse of Fleet. The views over fleet bay from the top are wonderful. The castle has a nice atmosphere and the history is well explained. Nice little garden with lots of birds and red squirrels if...More

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Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Set on a hill it's a bit of a trek up but it's the highlight of my week in Dumfries and Galloway. Climbed to the top the views are wonderful. The little garden at the back was full of tits,chaffich,goldfinch and we saw a nuthatch...More

Thank juliebaines2018
Reviewed 8 September 2018

The custodian was very welcoming and informative. A spiral staircase takes you up eventually to the top of the tower where we enjoyed amazing views over the estuary. Not for the faint hearted though!

Thank john e
Reviewed 3 September 2018

It was a stop by on our way but worth it. Stretched legs and enjoyed a bit of history. There are some good views from higher levels of the tower.

Thank z00mb1e
Reviewed 2 September 2018

Worth the climb to the top of the tower on a great layout - Not an attraction that will take you far off your route as its next to the main radon but what a view!

Thank P6267BZtimothyb
Reviewed 26 August 2018

We had a lovely if brief visit to Cardonesse Castle late one afternoon, and were very pleased to find that it stays open until 5.30pm. The little welcome centre was very interesting and informative, and the lovely lady on the desk made us feel very...More

Thank Lilia939
Reviewed 23 August 2018

A lovely spot to while away 45 minutes or so. The castle has an interesting history, is fairly easily accessible for able bodied people, and has good information about it both in the visitor centre and the castle itself. Well worth the entrance fee

Thank markbeehivebuzz
Reviewed 12 August 2018

It was a nice visit to a castle for the children but not good value for money. They did not offer a family price ticket, which I find very unusual, only if you are planning to visit more castles in a package deal. The lady...More

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Karen M
15 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