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Review of MacLellan's Castle

MacLellan's Castle
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Owner description: Visit this impressive townhouse and discover a 16th century family home. The remains of this late 16th century house show how architecture changed from the heavily defended tower house to a new, more domestic scale. Sir Thomas MacLellan of Bombie built the castle in 1582 to function as a grand family home. Head ‘below stairs’ into the dark vaults to get a sense of the working conditions of family servants and look out for the Laird’s Lug’, a secret spy hole behind the great hall fireplace, from which the laird could eavesdrop on his guests.
Reviewed 24 June 2013

Being a MacLellan descendant, my husband was very excited to go to the castle (and his mom was very excited too - now we just need to get her there!). We drove from Glasgow, which was a pleasant drive (drove back via Ayr - very much worth the little bit of extra time). Having seen photos on the internet of the façade, we were pleasantly surprised to find more in tact that we expected (I mean, there's still no roof or anything, but we didn't even think there was going to be much of an upstairs). Beware the pidgeons that will fly near/at your head. We were the only ones in the castle the entire time we were there. The man in the gift shop was fantastic. After finding out we were here to see the "family castle," he promised to tell the story of castle after we looked around. So, after spending some time in the castle, we came back to the shop and got a 20 minute lecture on the family history, including the castle itself, the family crest and plenty of other interesting facts. He could not have been nicer. And then we proceeded to spend a ridiciulous amount of money in the gift shop (the family needs souvenirs and this was the ONLY gift shop where we found any MacLellan clan souvenirs (other than a keychain and magnet in the large clan shop by Edinburgh Castle) - keep this in mind if you are a MacLellan visiting from abroad.) Even if there is no family reason to go here, it is a nice place to stop if you happen to be in this area of Scotland. (Plus the town is cute.)

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Reviewed 14 October 2012

The ruins of this smallish castle were quite fascinating to walk through. The guide in the ticket house was very informative.

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Reviewed 5 October 2012

So impressive standing in the centre of the town. Well kept and looked after and a real example of how historic monuments give character and a sense of continuity of community. If you are not a member of HS though it's pricey for what you get though and the rooms are devoid of furniture/fittings [there must be something that could take the weather?]. Though the 'Rapunzel' hanging out the window enthralled the kids and was super.

1  Thank Richard B
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

The best way to see it is to stay at the B&B next door and just open the curtains in the morning.
Strongly suggest joining Historic Scotland to get in 'free'. Not sure we'd pay the full price just for a shell.

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Reviewed 8 September 2012

My sister and I visited as we are descended from these MacLellans. There isn't much castle to see, but what's there is kept up very well and its an interesting glimpse into the lives of people back then; of both servants and lords. The fee was only £4 and there was no real limit to how long you could be there. It is also quite un-visited as it were, so you mainly had the castle to yourself, which was quite nice. The fellow who manned the shop and sold the tickets (Paul) was very informative, full of stories and very happy to share the history of the area. He is also very helpful as far as finding other historical things in Kirkcudbright. The fee was only £4 and there was no real limit to how long you could be there. It is also quite un-visited as it were, so you mainly had the castle to yourself, which was quite nice.

Visited Sept. 8th 2012, Afternoon

Thank Mary S
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