Best castles in Dumfries and Galloway

Check out the top castles in Dumfries and Galloway, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Caerlaverock Castle
1. Caerlaverock Castle
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13 local reviews
Point of interestEstablishment
Angela
Caerlaverock Castle (from "caer laverock", "lark castle") is a moated triangular castle first built in the…
Judith
Visit Caerlaverock Castle and discover one of Scotland’s great medieval fortresses. With its moat, twin…
Roman
With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, this awe-inspiring castle is the epitome of…
1. Caerlaverock Castle
1. Caerlaverock Castle
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13 local reviews
Angela
Angela
Caerlaverock Castle (from "caer laverock", "lark castle") is a moated triangular castle first built in the 13th century. It is located on…
Judith
Judith
Visit Caerlaverock Castle and discover one of Scotland’s great medieval fortresses. With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing…
Roman
Roman
With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, this awe-inspiring castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold and one…
2. Drumlanrig Castle
2. Drumlanrig Castle
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7 local reviews
Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill
01848 331555
Art galleryEstablishment
Angela
If you like delving deep into history, soaking up the finest culture, exploring beautiful countryside – or…
Ruth
This place has a little bit of everything, picturesque castle, wonderful gardens, delicious cafe and some…
Kerry
The adventure playground in the forest here is good. There is a formal garden at the castle too, a cafe and…
2. Drumlanrig Castle
2. Drumlanrig Castle
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7 local reviews
Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill
01848 331555
Angela
Angela
If you like delving deep into history, soaking up the finest culture, exploring beautiful countryside – or adrenaline-fuelled mountain…
Ruth
Ruth
This place has a little bit of everything, picturesque castle, wonderful gardens, delicious cafe and some beautiful shops. It also has some…
Kerry
Kerry
The adventure playground in the forest here is good. There is a formal garden at the castle too, a cafe and boutique type shops
3. Drumlanrig Castle
3. Drumlanrig Castle
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6 local reviews
Drumlanrig Castle
Premise
Martin
Drumlanrig Castle is a must see if you are staying in this area. It is the jewel in the crown of the extensive…
Arthur
Local castle with heaps of culture, stunning gardens, great mountain biking & Adventure play ground. Fun for…
Zan
Drumlanrig is a great family day out with an adventure playground, forest walks, a beautiful castle and…
3. Drumlanrig Castle
3. Drumlanrig Castle
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6 local reviews
Drumlanrig Castle
Martin
Martin
Drumlanrig Castle is a must see if you are staying in this area. It is the jewel in the crown of the extensive Buccleuch estate. This castle…
Arthur
Arthur
Local castle with heaps of culture, stunning gardens, great mountain biking & Adventure play ground. Fun for all the Family and all ages.
Zan
Zan
Drumlanrig is a great family day out with an adventure playground, forest walks, a beautiful castle and mountain biking routes
4. Threave Castle
4. Threave Castle
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10 local reviews
Threave Castle, Castle Douglas
Open · Closes 4:30 PM
07711 223101
Point of interestEstablishment
Marion
Take a visit to Threave Castle, set on an island you ring the bell on arrival and a boat will arrive to…
Zoe
This picturesque castle has a moat - you ring the bell for the boatman to come and collect you. There is a…
Judith
Situated on a small island, you will need to take the short boat trip across the river to visit Threave…
4. Threave Castle
4. Threave Castle
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10 local reviews
Threave Castle, Castle Douglas
Open · Closes 4:30 PM
07711 223101
Marion
Marion
Take a visit to Threave Castle, set on an island you ring the bell on arrival and a boat will arrive to transport you across. Includes some…
Zoe
Zoe
This picturesque castle has a moat - you ring the bell for the boatman to come and collect you. There is a lovely walk down and past the…
Judith
Judith
Situated on a small island, you will need to take the short boat trip across the river to visit Threave Castle. Well worth the walk from the…
5. Castle Douglas
5. Castle Douglas
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9 local reviews
Castle Douglas, Castle Douglas
LocalityPolitical
Louise
Castle Douglas is an 18th-century market town that is also a designated Food Town with lots of local produce. …
Judith
Castle Douglas has everything you need! Known for being the local Food Town, it has many cafes and restaurants…
Julia
Stunning views and walking trails from the forest carpark between Auchencairn and Castle Douglas
5. Castle Douglas
5. Castle Douglas
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9 local reviews
Castle Douglas, Castle Douglas
Louise
Louise
Castle Douglas is an 18th-century market town that is also a designated Food Town with lots of local produce. There are around 50 local…
Judith
Judith
Castle Douglas has everything you need! Known for being the local Food Town, it has many cafes and restaurants to stop off for a coffee,…
Julia
Julia
Stunning views and walking trails from the forest carpark between Auchencairn and Castle Douglas
6. Threave Castle
6. Threave Castle
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4 local reviews
Establishment
Ben
Fortification situated on an island in the River Dee that kept James II's forces at bay. Take a boat ride over…
Zan
It's fun crossing the moat on a small boat to get to the castle!
Asya
Bird Watching and a boat trip to the Castle. Child Friendly
6. Threave Castle
6. Threave Castle
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4 local reviews
Ben
Ben
Fortification situated on an island in the River Dee that kept James II's forces at bay. Take a boat ride over and visit the Castle. There…
Zan
Zan
It's fun crossing the moat on a small boat to get to the castle!
Asya
Asya
Bird Watching and a boat trip to the Castle. Child Friendly
7. Thornhill
7. Thornhill
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2 local reviews
Thornhill
Premise
Mark
Offers everything from mountain biking, walking in the forest and of course exploring the castle.
Louise
Fabulous Castle and grounds events on throughout the year.
7. Thornhill
7. Thornhill
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2 local reviews
Thornhill
Mark
Mark
Offers everything from mountain biking, walking in the forest and of course exploring the castle.
Louise
Louise
Fabulous Castle and grounds events on throughout the year.
8. Mr Pook's Kitchen
8. Mr Pook's Kitchen
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6 local reviews
38 King St, Castle Douglas
Closed · Opens Tuesday 4:00 PM
01556 504000
RestaurantFoodPoint of interest
Zoe
Located in an old bank on Castle Douglas High Street. They cook fantastic local produce. A great place for…
Donald
Great new restaurant in Castle Douglas
8. Mr Pook's Kitchen
8. Mr Pook's Kitchen
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6 local reviews
38 King St, Castle Douglas
Closed · Opens Tuesday 4:00 PM
01556 504000
Zoe
Zoe
Located in an old bank on Castle Douglas High Street. They cook fantastic local produce. A great place for Sunday lunch.
Donald
Donald
Great new restaurant in Castle Douglas