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Visit the Castles of Scotland from Your Coastal Kippford Base

Posted by Cas on 1st August 2022
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Coastal Kippford is not just the perfect place to relax and enjoy the woodlands, beaches, and local wildlife.  It is a great place to rest your head at the end of each day as you explore the local Scottish Castles. 

Scotland is full of castles and towers, each with its own historical story of war, betrayal, beauty, and life.  Many of these awe-inspiring places are reachable within an hour’s drive from Coastal Kippford holiday park.  Here are a few of those amazing days out that you can enjoy. 

CastlesDrumlanrig Castle, Thornhill DG3 4AQ

Drumlanrig Castle could pass as the palace of every little girl’s dreams.  It is like your traditional palace with its towers, Victorian gardens and sheer beauty.  It is also pink!

This palace provides guided tours around the inside helping you to learn about its one-time inhabitants and providing a story to delight and inspire any lover of history.  For the little ones, there is an adventure playground where they can defend their keep and rescue the princess from the undying hordes of their imagination.  Or for a more relaxing family day out you can enjoy the marked trails in and around the gardens, designed for both walking and cycling.

You can find Drumlanrig Castle and the Queensberry Estate off the A76 (Dumfries to Kilmarnock), only 17 miles north of Dumfries.

Lochinch Castle, Castle Kennedy DG9 8SL

Lochinch Heritage Estate and the Castle Kennedy Gardens are 18th Century wonders.  Lochinch Castle was a replacement castle, built after Castle Kennedy burned down in 1716.  Many of the original furnishings and decorations are still inside this timeless castle providing you with a look into the life of the Earl of Stair. 

Besides being a spectacular tour, this castle offers garden walks to delight all ages, with events hosted throughout the year.  You can find this wonder near the town of Stranraer, not far from the Lochinch Cresent.

Threave Castle, Castle Douglas DG7 1TJ

CastlesWhat is more awesome than visiting a castle?  Visiting a castle on its own little island in the middle of a river.  It is a place of beauty and mystery; you can imagine the myths and legends that arise around a site like this.  It was the seat of the rulers of Galloway who joined forces with Robert the Bruce during the wars of independence. 

Threave Castle is largely intact, although the roof and the interior fittings are historical.  It represents one of the first tower houses, helping refine the creation of the traditional castles throughout Scotland.  You can visit this one on the Bank of the River Dee, South of Glenlochar. 

It is now an ideal spot for exploring, picnicking and, perhaps, painting.  The island is rich with wild flowers in summer; you might also see ospreys and otters hunting in the river.

MacLellan’s Castle, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JD

In the centre of Kirkcudbright, there is a castle in the shape of an L.  While the locals call it MacLellan’s Castle, it also goes by Kirkcudbright Castle.  Once a residence of the MacLellan family, it is an impressive, intact design.  This is a castle that you can walk through, exploring the different types of rooms on the inside.  

When writing this, the castle inside is under restriction due to vital masonry inspections.  However, you can visit its official page to learn more about when it will reopen its doors to visitors. 

CastlesCaerlaverock Castle, Dumfries DG1 4RU

As the name suggests, you will find Caerlaverock Castle standing near the Caerlaverock Nature Reserve in Dumfries.  The triangular shape of this castle makes it unique.  It is an ornate beauty with three towers and a history of war.  After two main sieges and many more minor battles, the place still stands.  While the south curtain wall was destroyed to prevent its use as a place of defence, the castle and its ground speak of grand times. 

To this day they hold events like Jousting so people can feel like they are back in time when castles were more than historical homes. 

Cardoness Castle, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2EH

A 15th Century Scottish Tower House, which has been remarkably well preserved throughout the years.  Once a family home, it has a history of family drama and local feuds.  What would you do if your son broke into your barn and stole all of your animals? 

Cardoness Castle is an impressive one to visit, you can find it near the quaint little town of Gatehouse of Fleet.  Clearly built with defences in mind and made with all the comforts a good family home should have. 

Enjoy the Beauty of the Old with the Luxury of the New

By renting a holiday home at Coastal Kippford, you are placing yourself in the perfect spot to explore Scotland’s wonderous history, castles and so much more!  Furthermore, by buying a lodge or caravan at Coastal Kippford, you are creating for yourself a peaceful holiday home that you can visit at any time of the year.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to drop everything and relax in the Dumfries and Galloway countryside any time you want?  Check out the holiday homes for sale at Coastal Kippford to see what we have to offer and claim your little corner of paradise.  We have viewing appointments available seven days a week.  To find out more, contact us on 01556 620 636.

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