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MacLellan's Castle

Maclellan Castle Castle Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JD, Scotland
+44 1557 331856
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Visit this impressive townhouse and discover a 16th century family home. The remains of this late 16th century house show how architecture changed from the heavily defended tower house to a new, more domestic scale. Sir Thomas MacLellan of Bombie built the castle in 1582 to function as a grand family home. Head ‘below stairs’ into the dark vaults to get a sense of the working conditions of family servants and look out for the Laird’s Lug’, a secret spy hole behind the great hall fireplace, from which the laird could eavesdrop on his guests.
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“main hall” (3 reviews)
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Maclellan Castle Castle Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JD, Scotland
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+44 1557 331856
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a small castle in the centre of town. Currently undergoing some renovation, but that doesn't stop you seeing it - just mars the photo's a little. Total time needed around 45 minutes. Pleasing, but if it was raining or busy I'd skip it...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

A most interesting place to visit and gain an insight into how people live in the past.Nice to be able to walk around places like this.

Thank Bazza199
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its only a small castle but still worth a vist. It takes a bout an hour to walk around. Right in the middle of Kirkcudbright you can easily fit it in around the other sites to see.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

A small castle in the middle of Kirkcudbright. A pleasent castle that is interesting but very small. Only a short time taken to see it all about 40 minutes tops. Still interesting and pleasent wandering around.

Thank A_Drunken_Taffer
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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

There are loads of ruined castles in South West Scotland but few right in the middle of a town. I have been to this castle before as a child and came again for the first time in 20 odd years this summer. The grounds are...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

We visited during our stay in Scotland, the castle is enjoyable to walk around with plenty to see and lots of ruins still standing. Allow a little over an hour to walk around. There is a fantastic yet bizarre eavesdropping room to visit!

Thank Flannabells
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

Castle has good info posts around the grounds. The upper level includes a little room for the head guy (laird???) from which to eavesdrop on guests in the main ghall. The jail room was suitably grim.

1  Thank jim b
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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

We visited here with 2 children aged 9 & 3. We have been here many times before so know we could get round the castle very quickly. However, the children were given a 'treasure hunt' trail with things to find - some of them were...More

Thank claras64
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

This is an imposing building, although derelict. At present, it is being rebuilt slowly, by craftsmen. Well worth a visit.

Thank Ray E
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Reviewed 14 June 2017

Seems fitting to have this lovely ruin in the midst of an equally charming town. It is not as old as some castles but still a very interesting history. Restorations were in progress.

Thank zeusy33
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