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Overview

Visit an intact tower house of a local 1500s lord, with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.

Drumcoltran Tower was home to a minor branch of the Maxwells of Caerlaverock. It’s a typical L-plan tower house, though unusually its corners are rounded, not angled.

Drumcoltran Tower’s austere appearance is reflected by a suitably Jacobean platitude inscribed in a stone panel above its front entrance. Translated, it reads: ‘Keep hidden what is secret, speak little, be truthful, avoid wine, remember death, be merciful’.

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