16th century
L-plan tower


NX 605 507
4m s of Gatehouse of Fleet
s of B727


open site
long walk




Plunton Castle

This, THIS! was the goal of the Adventure Girl escapade, and I was thwarted by the electric fence after hiking along the walls and through the fields. It stood on the other side of a deep ravine and we finally had to settle for a quick snapshot before headng back to the car.

at the end of Adventure Girl's thwarted trek

16th century tower

The ruins we could spy throught he trees and over the hills looked pretty solid, the remains of a three storey l-plan tower. It apparently has a moat and a large courtyard (which, if I had been wiling to zap myself in the hoo-ha, we might have seen!).

Pretty standard tower house layout - two vaulted floor-level cellars, a first-floor hall, with a private room above. There was also a small room in the attic space beneath the steeply gabled roof. Closets for the bedchambers were provided in small projecting bartizans on each corner.

The rough tower stands within a large triangular courtyard (which may be quite a bit older), which is surrounded by a moat. The tower is 9.1m x 6.4m, with an attached square stair tower.


The MacGies (I've seen it as m'Ghies, too) owned the property in the early 16thcentury, but it was the Lennoxes, who acquired the property a generation later, who built the tower here. The Murrays of Broughton got the castle through marriage.

The castle was ruinous in the 18th century.