Lochnaw Castle

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Lochnaw Castle
Near Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
UK grid reference NW991628
Lochnaw Castle.jpg
The tower in 2007
Lochnaw Castle is located in Dumfries and Galloway
Lochnaw Castle
Lochnaw Castle
Coordinates 54°55′11″N 5°08′04″W / 54.919786°N 5.134404°W / 54.919786; -5.134404
Type Tower house
Site information
Owner Private
Open to
the public
Condition Preserved
Site history
Built 16th century; extended in 17th and 18th centuries
Materials Stone

Lochnaw Castle is a 16th-century tower house five miles from the town of Stranraer, in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The spectacularly located "castle" incorporates a fortalice torhous. The "central" square tower 5 stories high formed part of the "New" Castle.

Lochnaw Castle, c.1893

Lochnaw Castle shows four periods of construction - a simple 16th-century keep, 17th- and 18th-century domestic dwellings, and a mansion-house, which was later demolished. There is a plaque bearing the date 1486, on the SE wall of the keep. A chapel, built in 1704, was demolished c. 1953.[1]

An earlier, ruined castle stands on an island in the nearby Lochnaw Loch. A royal castle, this was given to the Agnews in 1363, but was sacked by Archiblad The Grim, 3rd Earl of Douglas in 1390, and subsequently dismantled.[2]

The Agnews held the new castle until the end of the 20th century. The castle, located by the loch, is occupied as a private residence.


  1. ^ The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS)
  2. ^ Castles of the Clans; Martin Coventry

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