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  • At a Glance
  • Facilities
  • Accommodation

    • Sleeps 6 + cot
    • Sleeps 1 infant
    • 3 bedrooms
    • 3 bath / shower rooms

    Your holiday home

    • £1,750 - £1,750 per week
    • Security Deposit £250 (refundable)
    • Saturday changeover
    • 4:00 PM check in
    • 10:00 AM check out
    • Sorry, no pets
    • No smoking
    • Property rating: 3
    • Facilities

      • Fridge
      • Dishwasher
      • Washing machine
      • Cot
      • High chair
      • Wifi
      • Microwave
      • TV
      • Hob (electric)


With its thick walls, studded door and original iron yett, designed to keep marauders at bay, this is one of the most authentic castles you will ever stay in.

Reputed to be one of the oldest inhabited castles in Scotland, the lands were granted to the Kirkpatrick family back in 1232, with the likelihood that the ancient fortalice was built thereafter, though there are conflicting dates of 1180 and 1420, which could make it 12th century or 15th century. Everything about the building was designed for defence purposes; situated on a rise near a flooded plain, the walls are 10 feet thick and access was originally by ladder to a first floor door.

To this day the entrance is still protected by a studded door and iron yett (gate), so please don’t forget your key, as it will be difficult to gain access otherwise! The addition of covered stairs now takes you up to this entrance point and you’ll be pleased to hear a ladder is no longer required.

This massive strong house has survived through the centuries relatively intact and remains with a branch of the Kirkpatrick family, on the Spanish side, whose ancestor married Napoleon III and become the last Empress of France. Links to Scottish royalty have been strong through the centuries starting with Alexander II, Robert the Bruce and Charles I. But it is not just royal links, as Scotland’s national bard, Robbie Burns, is known to have been a frequent visitor.

This is not a castle that has been modernised to luxury standard with some parts of the building more two star than five star, but what it lacks in modern comfort more than makes up for in history.

This castle is let predominantly for self-catering family holidays.  The income the owner generates from holiday letting helps to maintain the cost of running this historic monument. Castle tours generally take 2 hours during which time you’ll be given a full account of its history by the owner. Anyone booking a holiday through us in this historic home will be offered a complimentary tour during their stay. 

  • Living
  • Beds & Baths
  • Grounds
  • Please note
  • Ground Floor

    Entrance is at ground level, which takes you up to the “entrance door” on the first floor.  It is also the level connected to the owners private part of the house, and a screen has been fixed to the wall to provide some privacy. The ground level provides access to the tower for guests. 

    First Floor

    The sitting room enjoys a high ceiling and arched windows giving it a striking appearance, though simply furnished. The focal point is the sandstone fireplace with electric fire, surrounded by comfortable sofas and chairs, and a TV with a DVD player. The room is full of Kirkpatrick family portraits and armorial and family heirlooms.

    Next to the sitting room on the first floor is the dining room with a similar high ceiling and arched windows. Fireplaces are for decoration only and are no longer in use.  There is central heating 

    On the same level, the kitchen is located at the head of the entrance stairs. It is a very small and modest galley kitchen, with electric cooker and microwave. Space is at a premium and there is only room in the kitchen for one person at a time. There is also very limited storage for dry goods and fridge space, so careful planning for meals will be required on a day-to-day basis.

    Most guests choose to eat out in Thornhill which is only 5 minute drive, as it has a small selection of cafes, restaurants, pubs and take-away establishments.

    Infrared heaters have been installed in every room as well as thermodynamic panels for the hot water.

  • Accommodation is provided on the second floor for a group or family of 6 in 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 1 shower room, as follows:

    • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
    • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
    • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Shower Room

    Second Floor

    Bedroom 1: O’Donnell, is a twin bedroom, with two single beds, with en-suite shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin;

    Bedroom 2: Empress Eugenia, is a twin* bedroom, with two single beds, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin.

    There is central heating in the corridor and both rooms have infrared panels that both work on thermostats maintained at 18 degrees celcisu but that can be adapted for comfort. 

    Third floor

    Bedroom 3: "Kirkpatrick's Suite" Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom and lounge area.  

    Please note there is no central heating on this floor but there are infra red panels in the rooms. 

  • Set within 20 acres there’s plenty of space to roam and play outside for children and dogs alike. These consist of mixed woodland and wild areas, where roe deer and red squirrels can be seen on a regular basis. There’s a designated parking area to the side of the castle allocated for guest use.

    A house adjoins the main castle in which the owner resides and there is likely to be interaction between the owners and guests as the same gate and road are used.  

    The guests have their own private  entrance to the castle through the middle door on the side of the tower. The cars need to be parked in front of the tower leaving plenty of space for the owners to access their private entrance at the back of the castle. 

    Thornhill is the nearest village/town and has two small supermarkets (Spar and a Co-op) as well as a number of places to eat. The owner will provide guests with a guide on recommended places to eat in and around the area. The city of Dumfries is 14 miles away, where there are many more supermarkets, hotels and pubs. 

    This area is perfect for walkers with the Southern Upland Way in the vicinity. Dumfries and Galloway is a beautiful part of Scotland and a trip to the fifth highest waterfall in the UK, Grey Mare’s Tail is essential. Castles to visit in this area include Threave Castle, Cardoness Castle and Drumlanrig Castle. It’s an ideal base to have a family holiday, discovering the best Dumfries

    This property does not allow stag or hen groups, unless consulted with in advance.

    Weddings are currently not allowed, except for groups of 6 or less who are using the castle on a normal booking basis.

    This castle is let predominantly for self-catering family holidays.  The income the owner generates from holiday letting helps to maintain the cost of running this historic monument. Castle tours generally take 2 hours during which time you’ll be given a full account of its history by the owner.  Anyone booking a holiday through us in this historic home will be offered a complimentary tour during their stay. 

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Southern Scotland
Nearest shop
3 miles
Nearest supermarket
14 miles
Nearest pub
3 miles
Train Stations
Nearest Train Station
Dumfries 11 miles
Sanquhar 14 miles
Lockerbie 16 miles


The sweeping drive takes you to the castle, with parking to the side
The castle remains protected by the original iron yett
Don\'t forget your key.. you may never gain access again!
The sitting room has a beautiful high ceiling and arched windows
The traditional style dining room with seating for eight
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The quirky galley kitchen is snug but adds to the charm of this authentic building
There is plenty to explore in this historic holiday home
Packed with history, check out the studded door and turnpike stairs
More family history can be found within the pictures
En-suite shower-room for the O\'Donnell bedroom
O\'Donnell Bedroom, spacious twin room with en-suite
En-suite bathroom for Empress Eugenie bedroom
Empress Eugenia twin bedroom
Up the turnpike stairs
Kirkpatrick suite bathroom; bath and shower on the third floor
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Keep an eye out for the neighbouring squirrels and wildlife around the grounds.
Caerlaverock Castle is just one of the other castles in the local area
Grey Mare\'s Tail is a trip into the country
Peter Pan.....in Dumfries


25 August 2018
Rated 5 out of 5

Nice people, helpful and especial

Thank you for your feedback.

The service was good.


23 January 2018
Rated 5 out of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the castle. We were made very welcome and pleasantly surprised with the facilities. A great property to explore steeped in family history with a fantastic host who showed us around, took us to the top of the castle and filled us in on questions we had about its past. A great base for exploing Dumfries which was comfortable and provided everything we needed for a self-contained stay. A unique experience we will always remember fondly!

Wow, it sounds like you all had the best time at this historic castle, great to hear you had a warm welcome by the accommodating owners and enjoyed exploring the history and everything on offer here. We hope to be of help again, should you ever wish to return! 

Booked a castle stay in Scotland from Australia. Very easy to book and anytime I had a query, I got a timely response. Was very comfortable with my online experience. Highly recommended

We're delighted to hear you found the booking process easy and would high recommend our service. Many thanks for your comments, it was a pleasure helping with your stay and making this as easy as possible for you.

16 July 2017
Rated 2 out of 5

Property was a little overpriced to just sleep there.

Thank you for your comments. All rates are agreed with the owners and we do feel this is one of the best value-for-money options for a self catered, castle stay and it would be difficult to find an authentic castle to stay in for less. However many thanks for your feedback which is always reviewed and taken on board.

Tower house was interesting to stay in. Only problem was the caretaker's dogs. Dogs were nice and friendly but they barked throughout the night on all three nights of our stay right next to the tower house. This made sleeping a bit of a problem. There was also dog feces in the area where we had to enter the tower house.

Thank you for your feedback and notifying us about the dogs, we have contacted the owner about this to ensure all is ok for future guests. Great to hear you had an interesting stay at this unique property!

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