The Borders and the Southwest Sights

Threave Castle

  • A75 Map It
  • Castle Douglas
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

This castle was an early home of the Black Douglases, who were the earls of Nithsdale and lords of Galloway. The imposing towers reflects well the Lord of Galloway who built it, Archibald the Grim, in the 14th century. Not to be confused with the mansion in Threave Gardens, the castle was dismantled in the religious wars of the mid-17th century, though enough of it remains to have housed prisoners from the Napoleonic Wars of the 19th century. It's a few minutes from Castle Douglas by car and is signposted from the main road. To get here, leave your car in a farmyard and make your way down to the edge of the river. Ring the bell (loudly) and, rather romantically, a boatman will come to ferry you across to the great stone tower looming from a marshy island in the river.

Sight Information


A75, 3 miles west of Castle Douglas, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, DG7 1BG, Scotland

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Sight Details:

  • £4.50, includes ferry

Published 05/04/2017


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