History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Unique circular tower house plan
The tower is roofless, and the interior is open to the sky. On the ground floor is a sizeable fireplace with an ornamented niche beside it, while the vaulted basements beside the main tower are in a good state of repair following restoration.
Orchardton Tower was erected by John Cairns, in the mid-15th century. Coins dating from as early as the 15th century have been found during excavations on the site. These were donated to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland.
Orchardton is a delight, and I've seldom enjoyed a more peaceful setting to an historic site; it feels like the sort of place where time has stood still.
About Orchardton Tower
Address: Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: 6 miles south east of Castle Douglas on a minor road off the A711
Website: Orchardton Tower
Orchardton Tower Photos
OS: NX817 551
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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