Historic Scotland

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Open year-round.



Explore the shattered remains of a castle built by an English occupying force in the 1300s.

Lochmaben Castle was an important outpost in hostile territory for the English, and they made tremendous efforts to keep it in their possession throughout the 1300s. It withstood several sieges and attacks, before falling to the Scots in 1385.

The castle became a royal possession in 1445. James IV initiated major works here, and James V was a regular visitor. The castle remained a major site in wars with the English before it was finally abandoned in the 1700s, after which its stones were taken for use in local buildings.

Today it’s situated among attractive woodland next to a loch. View exterior only.