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Location
Clarencefield, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Description
Comlongon Castle is situated on the Scottish-English border about near Gretna, and is also 1 km west of Clarencefield and 10 southeast of Dumfries. The castle is located just ten minutes from the M6 and M74 motorway network, near the border between Scotland and England.

The building is a restored Medieval Scottish Castle that has been extended and is now a luxury Baronial style hotel The main castle tower is reddy-pink sandstone. Its base measures 15m by 13m, and is 18m tall at the highest point of wall. The walls are over 4m thick in places. It is founded on a stone ‘plinth’ which was to keep it stable on what used to be marshy ground. It still has its original ‘yett’, which is much like a metal portcullis. The whole castle has 4 storeys: one at entry level, another that houses the Great Hall, and another two above that. It sits on a 120-acre estate.

Facilities
The whole of Comlongon Castle is, today, a privately owned hotel and wedding, party, and business venue, including two award-winning reception restaurants, and a private bar for the castle’s residents. All food is provided by the establishment’s chefs, with a different menu daily. The interior of the castle is accessible to all guests.

The Medieval Great Hall of Comlongon Castle is a fantastic venue for an authentic Scottish Wedding, catering your wedding ceremony and reception. Comlongon Castle has hosted weddings for thousands of couples over the last twenty two years. Their team of experienced staff knows what it takes to make your wedding day an unforgettable experience, letting you enjoy the day with your guests while they take care of the organizing.

Comlongon Castle are happy to cater for various wedding styles from religious to civil, with wedding ceremonies hosted every day of the week. Comlongon Castle is one of the top spots in Scotland to host your wedding ceremony and reception.

If you are interested in a wedding at Comlongon, contact their wedding co-ordinators who will help with making the arrangements every step of the way. Co-ordinators are on duty every day of the week to offer free advice, help, and information and to answer any questions you may have on any aspect of your wedding plans. On your wedding day, a dedicated wedding co-ordinator is assigned to you for the day to help with the arrangements, and this is included in the cost of a wedding.

Comlongon rarely advertises as most of their clients are personally recommended. The Castle can cater for wide range of wedding from a small private wedding for two or a large wedding for over 170 guests. The wedding service can be held in the Great Hall, or held outside on the lawns.

History
Cuthbert of Cockpool built Comlongon Castle in the late 15th century on the land he inherited from his ancestors. He did this to replace the old Cockpool castle, which was by then only ruined earthworks. The family remained in possession of the castle until 1984. In the same year, it was sold to its current owners. The tower had added to it a 19th century mansion in the baronial style; both the castle and the mansion are now in use as a hotel.

Legends
The ghost of Marion Carruthers, who committed suicide in the castle in the 16th century, is said to have been seen haunting the building.


Other Castles in the Area
  Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway
  Edingham Castle, Dumfries And Galloway
  Kirkconnell Tower, Dumfries and Galloway
  Lochmaben Castle, Dumfries and Galloway
  Lochwood Castle, Dumfries and Galloway







Lochwood Castle
Comlongon Castle is now a hotel and wedding venue.

Photograph by Angus Townley. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Lochwood Castle
Comlongon Castle is a restored 14th century medieval Scottish castle. This picture shows the main entrance and part of the car park area.

Photograph by Darrin Antrobus. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


 Comlongon Castle map