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Plunton Castle (Kirkcudbright) Past & Present


Plunton Castle

Plunton c 1900. Void at ground level an insertion; upper window marks hall; entrance (hidden) in wing to right

Plunton Castle

Plunton Castle taken on SCA viisit

This most attractive example of a late 16th century Scottish tower house lies between Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet on an isolated spot near the shores of Wigtown Bay in beautiful Galloway.

The castle is of typical L-plan, 3 storeys and an attic in height, vaulted, gun looped and with a wheel staircase in wing. It is built of random rubble with dressed openings. Attractive, corbelled rounds (or studies) complete the picture.

Plunton Castle

Robbed windows and corbelled ‘studies’.

It stands upon an mound which suggests an earlier castle. Walls and earthworks hint at a former garden.

Plunton Castle interior

Plunton Castle interior

 Above interior from hall showing floor levels and 2nd floor fireplace.

Plunton is substantially intact. Perhaps its remote location has caused it to be overlooked but here is a castle which just cries out for restoration.


Date posted: 18 Mar 2014Last updated: 08 Dec 2014

(1) Related article: kirkcudbright 2008

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Comment by: John Hunter on Thu, 20th Mar 2014, 4:18 pmRef id: 26

I agree that it is crying out for restoration and should get a lot of support from HS for Plunton is on Historic Scotland's Castle Initiative. However they warn about the potential need for archaeological investigations of the surrounding area before restoration can begin, not exactly an encouragement to potential restorers!

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