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Morton Castle, Dumfries

#6 of 9 in Historic Sites in Dumfries
Ruin · Hidden Gem · Castle
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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  • We visited with a baby and toddler and found it to be a brilliant hidden gem. Although it doesn’t look much from the road, it’s definitely worth visiting. We only saw one other person in the time we.....  more »
  • Didn't actually visit In Oct '19, but dates don't go back far enough!! I'm born and bred from Dumfries and I never found Morton castle until I was mid twenties (am knocking on 50's door now!) I...  more »
  • This little castle may not be the most visited fancy castle with artifacts and tour guides, but it is one of the most beautiful, serene, and peaceful locations I've been. So quiet except for the...  more »
  • Great place to take the kids to explore. We were there while it was damp and the trail to the castle was like a slug paradise. They were everywhere and wer big black ones. The kids thought it was great so all is good.
  • Interesting little spot. Slightly neglected as it's off the main road. Lovely setting with a man-made loch surrounding two sides. Well worth a view.
  • Lovely place with gorgeous views. Fine for kids and dogs. Plenty of wildlife to watch
  • Some stunning views, cloud was very low the day I visited which almost added to the views.
  • Great place to go to explore its history. Great scenery too. Recommended!!

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