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Originally constructed on a rocky outcrop that once jutted out into the River Fleet estuary, this six storey fortified tower house definitely put defence ahead of comfort. It was probably built around 1474AD by the McCullochs and its formidable structure is a reminder of how troubled these lands were during the 15th century. Although now ruined, it is well preserved and the architectural complexity of the structure is clearly visible. There are excellent views of the bay and surrounding landscape. There is a particularly dark interesting legend regarding how the property came into the possession of the McCullochs. Apparently the previous owner of the estate had threatened to drown his wife if she didn’t give birth to a boy. The poor woman must have been exhausted having already produced eight daughters. By chance, the next child was a boy and to celebrate a party was held on the frozen surface of Loch Black. Ironically, the ice broke and all were killed except for one of the daughters who then inherited the estate and married the future Laird McCulloch. It’s possible that the legend was created to cover-up an even darker deed the kind of which was not uncommon at the time. The Tower House became the base for a troublesome and warlike familly who fought with their neighbours and even took part in several raids on the Isle of Man. As late as 1697 Sir Godfrey McCulloch was executed in Scotland for the murder of William Gordon. Sir Godfrey is said to haunt the tower house that he lost and for which he commtted murder. The Castle is now managed by Historic Scotland.



Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Just Off the A708 (Rd), Hammerlands, Moffat
Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, DG10 9QL
+44 (0)1683 220 436

Contact Details

  • Address: B796, Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, DG7 2EJ
  • GPS: 54.87245556,-4.198008333
  • Phone: 0044 (0)131 668 8800
  • Part of UK: Scotland
  • Sat Nav Postcode: DG7 2EJ
  • Entrance Fees: Yes
  • Disabled Access: Limited for wheel chair access / many steps
  • Visibility from Road: Very good

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