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 Castles of Scotland - Auchen Castle






Location
near Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Description
Auchen Castle Hotel is a prestigious hotel situated near Moffat in the Scottish Borders. Accommodation includes 25 bedrooms with 15 feature bedrooms within the original castle. Auchen Castle Hotel has various rooms with 4 poster beds. The 10 Auchen Castle lodge rooms are family sized and have fabulous views. The castle hotel can be hired on an exclusive use basis for corporate functions or weddings. The hotel caters for corporate guests with two dedicated conferencing rooms.

History
The original Auchen Castle dates back to 1220 and was probably built by Sir Humphrey de Kirkpatrick. The Castle had a courtyard with corner towers, and a gate flanked with drum towers. During the early 14th century the towers were rebuilt as hollow turrets with internal stairs. Later additions over the centuries included massive outer ramparts and underground passages and chambers. The original Castle is now in ruins next to what was the home farm for the next Auchen Castle built by General Johnstone in 1849. Auchen Castle Hotel has hosted some famous people over the years including The King of Norway, The Beatles, Barbara Cartland, Chris de Burgh.


Other Castles in the Area
  Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway
  Lochhouse Tower, Dumfries and Galloway
  Lochmaben Castle, Dumfries and Galloway
  Lochwood Castle, Dumfries and Galloway







Lochwood Castle
Auchen Castle Hotel

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Lochwood Castle
Auchen Castle Hotel

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Lochwood Castle
Auchen Castle. Substantial ruins of a castle reported to have been built around 1220

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Lochwood Castle
The walls and ditch of Auchen Castle

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