Loch Doon Castle

  • Near Dalmellington, Ayrshire



Trace the 11-sided stone curtain wall of a medieval castle that may originally have been built by Robert I (the Bruce) himself.

Loch Doon Castle was probably built in the late 1200s by an earl of Carrick – either Robert the Bruce or his father, also called Robert. King Robert’s brother-in-law, Sir Christopher Seton, took refuge at the castle after defeat by the English at Methven in 1306.

The castle originally stood on an island in Loch Doon. The entire castle was taken down, stone by stone, and re-erected on its present spot in 1935, in an effort to save the castle’s curtain wall as water levels rose due to the local hydroelectric scheme.

Opening times

Open year-round.

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