History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Very well preserved early medieval motte
At the base of the mote was a large open area, or bailey, where secondary buildings for animals, storage, and the lord's retainers would have stood, enclosed within a similar outer fence. You can still see traces of the outlying bailey ditch, but all traces of building work are long gone. The motte is extremely well preserved and that is the most interesting feature of the site.
I'm nuts about history, but I had no idea the Dalmellington Mote existed. I actually came to the town to visit the museum, which as luck would have it, was closed. Wondering what on earth to do with myself, I discovered a town information sign and map on the market place, and to my surprise found a description of a Norman castle motte just a few hundred yards from the square. Serendipity, I suppose, but my goodness, I do wish the mote was more highly publicised because its actually quite impressive!
About Dalmellington Mote
Address: High Street, Dalmellington, Ayrshire, Scotland, KA6 7QZ
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: Open site, just off the market square. Plenty of free parking around the town centre.
Website: Dalmellington Mote
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Nearest Accommodation to Dalmellington Mote:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Dalmellington Mote. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
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Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01292 290 300