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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. Before you head to Dumfries, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Dumfries trip builder, to make sure you see all that Dumfries has to offer, including Morton Castle.
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  • this place should be advertised more as it is difficult to find. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and it unspoiled by civilisation  more »
  • Hauntingly beautiful castle set in amazing scenery. An amazing building that has easy access well worth a visit only draw back is the single track road to get there  more »
  • We had a short but very pleasant walk around Morton Castle, its hard to find if you're driving, but worth seeing. Wonderful view out over the man made loch, and the ruins are very brooding and atmosph...  more »
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  • Stunning and highly scenic walk. Great for dogs and children as it's quite short and easy going.
  • Its a castle on a hill :) good photo ops
  • 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.
  • once you find it the view is spectacular.
  • Feels so remote but actually not far from thornhill Kids loved exploring the castle and we did the nature trail walk too but take wellies for this as it's a bit muddy / wet

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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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