Historic Scotland
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Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 to 31 October:
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

1 November to 31 March:

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See the remains of Sir Thomas MacLellan’s tower house, and discover how castle building had evolved by the late 1500s. Unlike the heavily defended model of old, this castle favours comfort over cannons.

What to see and do

  • Go ‘below stairs’ and try to picture the conditions of the servants who worked in these dark vaults
  • Compare the great domestic comfort of the Jacobean tower house with its minimal defences
  • Learn the riches to rags story of the MacLellan family, whose reversal of fortune led to the castle’s demise
  • Seek out the laird’s lug, a secret spyhole behind the great hall fireplace, used by the owner to eavesdrop on his guests
  • Visit Greyfriars Church next door to see the memorial to Sir Thomas and Lady Grissel MacLellan
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