Cardoness Castle DG7 2EH / Port Macadam/ Carsluith Castle DG8 7DY
When I started this blog, I did not want to include places where entry charges were applicable but I think this is worth the cost. I believe it is now £5 per adult
Directions. Make your way to the A75 and drive East towards Castle Douglas. Drive for about 12 miles and Carsluith castle is on your right. Drive on towards Castle Douglas for about another 8 miles and Cardoness castle is on your left, just as you turn onto the B727 for the Gatehouse of fleet
Cardoness castle stands high overlooking the A75 and the river fleet. Historic Scotland manage it, there is a small display and shop in reception. The grounds are small but immaculately kept, with benches and picnic benches to enjoy looking at the amazing views or to have a picnic. If you are lucky you may see red squirrels which are encouraged onto the site at the rear of the reception.
Dogs are made very welcome and are allowed into the castle and grounds. The castle is small but if you like heights you can go right to the top. The history behind this building is interesting. I spend a lovely hour here with Bonnie and Skye.
I have left the souvenir guide in the toilet block, if you wish to borrow it.
Port Macadam. When you leave the castle walk across the road and walk alongside the river fleet for ½ mile to Port Macadam. This is so interesting if you are interested in engineering, especially the swing bridge that used to be across the river. It is a lovely short walk, with benches to sit and enjoy the views and the wildlife. Information boards to tell you the history, well worth a visit even if you are on the way to Gatehouse, you can park in the castle car park for free and the dogs will enjoy it.
Carsluith Castle overlooks Wigtown Bay, it is small but well worth a visit if you are passing. This is also managed by Historic Scotland and is free to visit, watch your head in the doorway, it hurts if you don’t! This is in the grounds of Marrbury Smokehouse and deli, which is a nice place to stop for a bite to eat or to buy some delicious goodies. Dogs are welcome outside on the picnic tables but not inside. If you park in the front car park, you can see the cars, so you can watch the dogs if the weather is not good. You don’t need to visit the smoke house to visit the castle
You can always carry on into Gatehouse of fleet and visit Cally woods,
directions Straight through Gatehouse heading for the Cally Palace hotel, turn right into the Cally Palace hotel and the carpark is on the left. I have not explored these woods yet, so if you go, let me know what you think.
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