Morton Castle, Dumfries

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Take a stroll in the shadow of the massive medieval walls and soak in the beauty of the surrounding scenery at Morton Castle. While some disputes surround the exact time of the castle's construction, it most likely dates back to the 13th century, and for a large part of its life served as a stronghold for the mighty Douglas family. Now in ruins, the citadel remains a monument of medieval architecture, and the hill on which it stands commands amazing views of Morton Loch. Use our Dumfries road trip planning tool to visit Morton Castle on your trip to Dumfries, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • If you are in the area, should really make the detour and come here! The ruins of Morton Castvon set away from the road and can be reached by a small parking lot on foot. Beautiful. old ruin, no entrance fee, free accessible :-)
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  • We visit regularly giving are dog an evening walk. The hardest part is finding it if you don't know where it is. There is a useful information board but the ruins themselves are not very big and 5 min...  more »
  • I haven't had much luck with the weather: it was a rainy day, but you get the idea that this is a well kept, nice place to visit.
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  • It's local to me and it's in a beautiful setting very near the hills. Very nice place to visit in a sunny day. I would say the castle is not the easiest to find, but locals would help anyone to get there.
  • Good for a bit ood expiring in a short walk. Parking near castle good views. Ground can be a bit soggy and insects a plenty.
  • Stunning and highly scenic walk. Great for dogs and children as it's quite short and easy going.
  • Beautiful castle which is difficult to find but worth the pursuit. Recommended by Dylan at Threave Castle, as was the drive up to Glasgow via the A76. Absolutely incredible.
  • Lovely walk on a nice day with fantastic scenery. Although a lovely castle, there is not a lot to explore. The castle has made it on the silver screen. Scenes from 49 steps and outlander filmed here.

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Where to stay in Dumfries

As Dumfries is just a small city within the Dumfries and Galloway region, the city itself is somewhat limited on places to stay. You'll find a handful of mid-range to high-end hotels in the city--if you're intent on being based in Dumfries, it's best to book early to avoid disappointment. Otherwise, there are plenty of options in nearby cities and towns such as Sanquhar, Lockerbie, Auchencairn, and Thornhill.
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