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Barholm Castle/Tower House

4 September 2021 (13:00 - 16:30 (2x 60 minute sessions by appointment only))

5 September 2021 (11:00 - 16:30 (3x 60 minute sessions by appointment only))

Dumfries and Galloway

***** Now Fully Booked and with a Waiting List*****


Barholm Castle is a traditional Scottish tower house situated 95m.(312 ft.) above sea level on a hillside overlooking Wigtown Bay and the Machars of Wigtownshire. It may have been constructed in several stages and consists of a rectangular tower with its earliest origins probably dating from the late 15th century and a later stair tower built on the NE side, probably late in the 16th century.

While its history is not well documented, it is known that it was a stronghold of the local McCulloch family. It is reputed briefly to have been a hiding place in 1566 of the well known figure of the Scottish reformation John Knox (1514-1572).

The castle fell into disuse and disrepair in the mid-18th century. In August 2002, Historic Scotland agreed to make a substantial grant contribution towards the restoration of the castle for residential use; this work began late in 2003 and was completed in late 2005.

The castle is now in use as a family home.

For Doors Open Days 2021 visitors can enjoy guided tours of the home. Tours will last around 1 hour and up to 10 people can attend each tour. 

Booking is required, contact us over email to secure your slot:


***** Now Fully Booked and with a Waiting List*****


Guided Tours of around 1h. 30min. Up to 10 persons/tour

Booking by appointment only, contact through email:

The Tours are 1pm and 3pm on Saturday 4th September

and 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Sunday 5th September


Key Information

Building Date: 16th Century

  • Barholm Castle
  • Gatehouse of Fleet
  • DG7 2EZ