Loch Doon Castle
south of Dalmellington, South Ayrshire

Loch Doon Castle, south of Dalmellington, South Ayrshire

The castle on the banks of Loch Doon, in southern Ayrshire. This one needs a bit of explanation…

The castle was originally built on an island in the loch.

In 1935/6 the water level in the loch was raised when they built a hydro-electric dam at the north end so the castle was moved, stone by stone, to its present location on the bank nearby.

Loch Doon Castle, south of Dalmellington, South Ayrshire

Looking north from the castle with the road snaking along the side of Loch Doon.

For the historically-minded the castle goes back to around 1300, though the original location on the island was used earlier, and it played a pivotal role in the wars of independence.

It was designed and built by Sir Christopher Seton, brother-in-law of Robert Bruce, King of Scots, and he met a sad end at the hands of the English when the castle was captured some time after the battle of Methven in 1306.

Loch Doon Castle, south of Dalmellington, South Ayrshire

These views are more overhead than the earlier versions on this site and were taken in early autumn colours rather than the greens of high summer.

Loch Doon Castle, south of Dalmellington, South Ayrshire

This is a panorama of the interior of the castle, the light changing from warm and sunlit on the left of this view round to cool shade on the right.

For this image the camera was located close to the wall on the left of the above aerial photo and the centre of this view faces east.

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