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 the new location here on the western shore.
Looking north from the castle with the road 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.
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.