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  • At a Glance
  • Facilities
  • Accommodation

    • Sleeps 9
    • 5 bedrooms
    • 3 bath / shower rooms

    Your holiday home

    • £1,300 - £2,295 per week
    • Security Deposit £750 (refundable)
    • Friday changeover
    • 5:30 PM check in
    • 9:00 AM check out
    • 2 pets welcome (Pets go free)
    • No smoking
    • Property rating: 4
    • Facilities

      • Dishwasher
      • Washing machine
      • Tumble dryer
      • Central heating
      • High chair
      • Wifi
      • Microwave
      • Garden furniture
      • DVD player
      • TV (freeview)
      • Range cooker
      • Garden
    • Features

      • Aga
      • Fire/woodburner


Step back in time in this seventeenth century tower house, where you can be lord (or lady) of all you survey in your very own Scottish castle for a week or weekend.

Built as a fortified Laird’s house, to an L-plan design, this impressive stand-alone seventeenth century tower house is located in a rolling countryside setting with outstanding views across the Glenkens. Particular castle-like features include the winding turnpike stairs, walls that are four foot thick and the large Inglenook fireplace in the first floor Great Hall. Over the door is a panel bearing the arms of MacLellan and Gordon, with the date of 1648, when the tower house was built. The annexe section was added at a later date.

On entering at ground floor level is the beautiful traditional country kitchen with dining area, making this room the hub of the castle. On the first floor, there is the Great Hall, with inglenook fireplace and open fire, comfortable seating and a TV. The bedrooms and bathrooms can be found elsewhere, with one on the first floor of the annexe section, whilst the rest of the accommodation is located on the second and third floors of the castle section. There is parking available to the side and rear of the castle. Weddings are currently not allowed, except for groups of 9 who are using the castle on a normal booking basis. This is an ideal base to have a family holiday to discover Dumfries and Galloway area and be part of the history of this castle.

  • Living
  • Beds & Baths
  • Grounds
  • Please note
  • Reception Rooms
    The drawing room, with an Inglenook open fire and views to the front, is a large expansive room, with a selection of comfortable sofas and chairs. Located on the first floor, this room would have been the Great Hall and provides a large space for the group to relax in. With a wooden floor and  beamed low ceiling there is an authentic atmosphere of bygone times, whilst today’s modern needs are catered for with a TV and a broadband connection.

    Kitchen & Dining 
    At ground level is a beautiful traditional country kitchen with dining area. The kitchen has an AGA and an electric oven, grill and hob for the cooking requirements, with a microwave, large fridge freezer and dishwasher. There is a table which can seat up to 10 people comfortably, allowing for fine feasts or simple suppers in some style.

    Beyond the covered rear porch in the annexe section, there is a utility area with a washing machine and tumble dryer available.

  • Accommodation is provided for a group of 9 adults in 5 bedrooms, with 1 bathroom and 2 shower rooms, as follows:

    • 1 Single Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
    • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
    • 2 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
    • 1 Double Or Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Shower Room

    Annexe First floor
    Bed 1, King size double, with en-suite shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin

    Castle Second floor
    Bed 2, King size double, with en-suite bathroom, with bath, w.c and wash hand basin
    Bed 3, Bunk beds 

    Shared shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

    Castle Third floor
    Bed 4, Twin 
    Bed 5, Single 


  • The castle is located in a rural setting, near a farm and some additional houses, which are all accessed off the one kilometre long private road. Surrounded by grounds and some lawn, there is plenty of space available here and on the private estate. Located 24 miles from Dumfries and 15 miles from Castle Douglas, there is a village store a few miles away, whilst Castle Douglas has a major supermarket.

    Galloway Forest Park is nearby there is plenty to entertain in the way of activities, including walking, biking and horse riding.  Loch Ken offers a range of water sport activities. For those looking for some sites of interest, there are Threave Castle and Cardoness Castle. Bladnoch Distillery is the nearest distillery.


    Please ensure before requesting to book that your group conforms to whatever the current Scottish guidelines are in relation to multiple households getting together.  The owner will wish to know the make up of your group in terms of number of households, make up of each household (adults, children aged 11 and under, children aged 12 and over) and where each household will be travelling from.  The owner will not approve any hold or booking requests until he is receipt of this information.  For information on the latest Scottish Guidance please see our Covid-19 FAQ page. 


    Unlimited use, with best coverage available at ground floor level. 

    Please note that the castle walls are 4 foot thick and can cause difficulties in reception with Broadband and mobile phone usage. Mobile phone coverage is limited.

    There is a private water supply at this property, which is checked and approved on an annual basis by the local authority.

    The fireplaces in the Great Hall can be used. There is a basket for logs beside the fireplace which will be full upon your arrival. If you require more wood, the person to contact is in the Visitor Information Manual and the charge will be approximately £10 per basket.

    Owner Caveat on booking weeks in 2021: If the Covid-19 situation were to continue into 2021, the owner may need to reduce all bookings to 6 nights to allow a buffer in between each booking.  Should this become a necessity, all guests will be informed immediately with as much notice as reasonably possible. A better understanding over what will and won't be necessary will become apparent from experience following this season's holidays. 

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Southern Scotland
Nearest shop
2 miles
Nearest supermarket
15 miles
Nearest pub
3 miles
Train Stations
Nearest Train Station
Dumfries 20 miles
Sanquhar 20 miles
Kirkconnel 21 miles


There is plenty to enjoy inside and outside the castle
This Scottish Tower House is located in the South West of Scotland
The Great Hall is located on the first floor
The sitting room with open fire is a comfortable room
The well equipped kitchen is on the ground floor
Another angle of the kitchen
The dining area of the kitchen is ideal for up to 10 people
The stone turnpike stairs takes you to the floors above
Room no 1, is a nice double room on the first floor
The stylish Master bedroom on the second floor
Another view of the Master double room
Master bedroom with en-suite
Family room, with bunk bed, great for children!
The shared shower room is located on the second floor
Twin bedroom on the third floor
The Maclellan and Gordon crests
There are amazing views over the Glenkens
There is a shared driveway that takes you to the castle
Beautiful views from the garden
Looking out from the annexe
A view of the shared driveway
A wintry scene in the Glenkens
Cardoness Castle is worth a visit
A visit to Caerlaverock Castle could be on the cards
Walking near the Solway Firth
Visit the Grey Mare\'s Tail waterfall


07 June 2019
Rated 5 out of 5

This house is perfect for our group when we make our annual visit, 14 people has been our largest group, we faced no challenges and enjoyed our stay immensely. It is a very cosy and comfortable house of generous size, exactly as the photos show. We would not hesitate to recommend it!

Pleased to hear you had another great time and we look forward to welcoming you back again next year.

Always well administered, deposits received back quickly.

Thanks for the feedback

18 March 2019
Rated 5 out of 5

The property was well prepared and all in order, warm on arrival (and this was February). The castle is cleverly designed inside with comfortable cooking and eating, arrangements, the great hall made a super place for the family to relax together, and the bedrooms and bathrooms provided all wee expected and needed.

Sounds like you had a great time at the castle, I'll make sure the owner receives your feedback.

Booking this holiday was easy despite a hiccough with the property owners but this was resolved by Scott's Castles as swiftly as they could.

Thanks for your feedback, we look forward to welcoming you back in the future

29 July 2018
Rated 4 out of 5

Lovely spacious old property, but had to do a bit of our own cleaning (eg the garden furniture was filthy, but we cleaned it up, and the barbecue was too dirty for us to use. (Obviously the owners didn't expect the weather in Scotland to be that good that we could sit outside soaking up the sun all day!) The housekeeper was very friendly and polite.

Thanks for leaving feedback, the housekeeper would have been happy to deal with these small items for you, but I'll pass the comments on so they can ensure they're not missed again. Look forward to welcoming you back to Scotts in the future

Are at the end of the phone if any queries or issues in relation to their website and payments. Would have given them five stars except they have increased the time for receiving back the good housing keeping deposit, it now takes over one full week to be released.

So glad we were able to help. The bond is held for a full 7 days (although we are always happy to ask owners for an early return) unfortunately we have no control over the receiving banks processing time, apologies this took a little longer than usual.

11 June 2018
Rated 5 out of 5

A delightful house but now needs some fairly extensive repairs. This fact did not in any way detract from our enjoyment. It has first class facilities and very helpful caretaking staff in a cottage across the lane

The owners will be delighted to hear you enjoyed yourselves. Their caretakers really do bend over backwards to help guests which makes all the difference we find. They'll both appreciate your kind words which we'll be sure to pass on.

Delightful staff and always prompt help

Thank you!

08 June 2018
Rated 5 out of 5

We've been holidaying in Scotland for 30 consecutive years and without doubt this house is the best property we have stayed in - spacious, peaceful/quiet, excellent amenities and full of character (not to mention the full size snooker table). We were a party of 11; the dining kitchen was of decent size for us all, as was the dining room, add 2 lounges/sitting rooms, large entrance hall & 11 bedrooms and you're set for an excellent holiday. The recent addition of a shower room was a great boost. All in all, excellent accommodation with a very helpful housekeeper who welcomed us on arrival, showed us around and was always available to help. The fact we had no rain (or midges) helped make our holiday, but I would recommend the house if you're a large party looking for special accommodation in the New Galloway area and don't mind having to use transport whenever you leave the property (it's the best part of a mile to the nearest road).

Sounds like you had a super time, I've passed your comments onto the owner, who I'm sure will be glad you had such an enjoyable trip, until next time...

It was easy, both on-line and on the phone. The staff were always pleasant & helpful.

Thanks so much, we look forward to welcoming you back in Scotts

12 April 2018
Rated 5 out of 5

Great house and website doesn't do it justice

Delighted you had a good holiday. I've taken on board your comments over more images showing the areas above the main lounge and other areas and will see if we can get more added to the website. Nice to hear you thought the bedrooms were all a great size and there was plenty of room with the two smaller lounges and main area downstairs for the whole group to enjoy without feeling you were on top of each other.  Hopefully we might welcome you back another time! 

Nothing has been too much trouble for the staff at Scotts castles
A pleasure to deal with
Thanks again

Always a pleasure helping customers with their holiday bookings, particularly returning guests! 

10 January 2018
Rated 5 out of 5

Amazing property with everything we needed

The owners will be delighted to hear these comments, it is wonderful to hear you found the Castle amazing and well equipped. If we can tempt you with a return visit, don’t forget to claim your loyalty discount next time. Thanks once again for you lovely review.

High level of customer service and excellent communication

Thanks so much for your review, we are delighted to hear you thought our service was excellent. We would be more than happy to help in the future should you be tempted back and look forward to hearing from you again.

31 August 2017
Rated 5 out of 5

The house was the perfect place for a family get-together. We had a great time exploring the area.

Thank you for your comments. So pleased to hear you had a great time at this wonderful country house. Sounds like it suited your celebratory trip perfectly! We hope to welcome you back again in the future... 

Scott's castle holidays were extremely courteous and efficient. The booking was handled promptly.

Many thanks for your feedback, we're thrilled you found our service efficient and team courteous. We'd love to be of help again in the future, please don't hesitate to re contact us. 

21 August 2017
Rated 4 out of 5

Amazing house and grounds for a large family group, very well equipped and space to spread out and relax

I’m glad to hear your family had a great time relaxing at this amazing house and its grounds. Thank you again for your review. We offer a loyalty discount if we can tempt you back in the future, T&C’s apply.

Very happy to help and prompt to reply

Thank you for your kind words in this review of our service.

16 February 2017
Rated 4 out of 5

First class property a bit tired in places, but the experience was not diminished in any way. Actually thought that by putting double beds in and changing the dining table, the property accommodate 22 people.

Thanks so much, glad to hear you rated the property as excellent and we hope you all have lots of great memories from the get together.

Booking was very good, but had to wait too long to be told if some of my additional requests were ok.

Many thanks for the feedback for our service, apologies the owners of this property were away themselves the week leading up to your stay but we’re glad we managed to catch up with them for you before the holiday to finalise the arrangements for a few extra ‘non-standard’ requests your party had raised.

09 September 2016
Rated 5 out of 5

The house was superb and we had a great holiday . The owners were really obliging and helpful.

Many thanks for the excellent feedback, we agree this is a beautiful house and the lovely owners are very welcoming and helpful.

Excellent service and contact with the owners, helped make a great break.

Thanks so much, it was great to help with your holiday plans and we hope you have lots of happy memories from the get together. 

09 June 2016
Rated 5 out of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at the house. The gardens and grounds are stunning and the house itself is full of character and charm. The kitchen is exceptionally well equipped and the bedrooms are all beautifully decorated and have a lovely homely feel to them, despite the grandeur of the house.

Many thanks for your feedback and we are delighted to hear that you had a fantastic holiday, we bet you have many special memories to hold onto! It sounds like Barscobe House was just what you wanted and needed for such a special break.

Our guests had a fabulous time and we cannot recommend the house and those who look after it highly enough. Such a lovely warm welcome and a most memorable break.

Thank you so much for the lovely comments, glad we were able to help with your holiday plans for a memorable get together!

12 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5

This house was absolutely fantastic we would like to rent this property again in the future and the children didn't want to leave' so relaxing and gardens beautiful and snooker table was a big hit as we all enjoy this very much.

Thank you for your comments, we would be delighted to help again when you would like to re book, don't forget about your loyalty discount next time too! Sounds like you have some fabulous memories to take away with you and the property/grounds were enjoyed by all generations!

House keeper was very helpful came in daily and was always very cheerful' and always their if we needed him'we all injoyed talking to him about the house and it's surroundings.

Glad you found our service excellent and it sounds as though the housekeeper was always to hand if you needed anything, which is great!

31 December 2014
Rated 5 out of 5

Housekeeping was excellent we were very well looked after. Nice place will recommend it to friends.

Thank you for your excellent feedback. Since placing your booking, we have launched our new website which we hope you enjoy! We are also updating our photographs too, which is a work in progress.

So pleased to hear you all had a nice holiday, we hope we can be of help again in the future. Please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Much better facilities than advertised, need to relook at the web page to make it more attractive.

Thank you for your excellent feedback. Since placing your booking, we have launched our new website which we hope you enjoy! We are also updating our photographs too, which is a work in progress.

So pleased to hear you all had a nice holiday, we hope we can be of help again in the future. Please don't hesitate to get in touch!

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