Thursday, November 08, 2007

Loch Doon Castle

Loch Doon (or Balloch Castle) dates from the 13th or 14th centuries and is an eleven-sided curtain-wall construction of beautifully hewn blocks of ashlar.

You may notice that it is in a not particularly defensible position.

This is because the was castle designed to stand on and defend its original island site at the southern end of Loch Doon - thus the peculiar shape which conformed to the shape of the island.

The level of Loch Doon was raised in the 1930's for the Galloway Hydro-electric scheme. Castle Island was submerged but the outer shell of the castle was dismantled and re-erected about 1935 on the shore near Craigmulloch Farm, where it can still be seen today.

1 comment:

Katya said...

Ah, perhaps not a defensible position, but I would imagine there are grand views from that stance! I've not heard of ashlar to do another Google search!