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Cardoness Castle

Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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“tower house”(8 reviews)
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A fine example of a Scottish tower-house castle, Cardoness Castle was built in the later 15th century as the fortified residence of the McCullochs. Cardoness Castle is a well-preserved ruin where you can admire the exquisite architectural detail of...more
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Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2EH, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was our first stop on our honeymoon touring Scotland, we saw it from the road and just had to stop and have a wonder round. They lady in the shop was so friendly, helpful and signed us up to membership, but no pressure as...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Dragonfly19802002
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Incredible building. Once you get in it your imagination can run away with you. Amazing architecture

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Georgina D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In August, swallows fly in and out of the windows and you can hear and sometimes see their chicks in the nests too. The information boards are useful as is the display in the ticket place - worth a read so you get a feel...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Sarah_Hampshire69
Reviewed June 18, 2019

we enjoyed an hour visiting castle and wildlife garden. We are members of Heritage so of course cost us nothing. Look out for swallows and other birds and possibly the odd red squirrel

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Alan H
Reviewed May 21, 2019

The signposts from the A75 were not fully visible so coming eastwards along the A75 can be easily missed. Travelling westwards the castle is obvious on a mound. The main structures are still in good order and the stairway up the tower is still climbable...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank LightAleCavalier
Reviewed May 10, 2019

Fortified tower of the McCullochs, nice views from the top and good explanations. Worth a visit if you're around.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank RickKessel_Lo
Reviewed April 17, 2019

Cardoness Castle used to be sited beside Fleet Bay but due to canalisation is now a few hundred metres inland. Before heading up the hill to look around the castle sit in the little wildlife garden, and just admire the scenery and the wildlife. Then...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed December 5, 2018

What a cool place! I love walking into a place and being able to see so much of it still there. The bones are solid and you can imagine it being whole, full of hustle and bustle. We very much enjoyed our visit, especially because...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank afoggypath
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

stairs extremely narrow but well worth the short walk up to see the view at the top. Lovely grounds. Car park right next to the tower. Very interesting too see where everything was and the picture on the wall lets you visualise it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank paddynat20052018
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Loved our visit to this intact Tower house located on a mound with its far-reaching views over the surrounding hills and estuary (from the top). I'm scared of heights but managed ok, felt safe. Dog friendly (to be kept on leads). Loved exploring all the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Karen M
July 15, 2017|
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Response from David_M186525 | Reviewed this property |
Yes in the grounds but not in the castle itself the policy is on the Historic Scotland web site