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near Barholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Barholm Castle is situated five miles south-west of Gatehouse of Fleet, in Dumfries and Galloway. The castle is a tower house built in the late 15th century. The main block of the L-plan tower is three storeys and a garret, with a vaulted basement at the lower level. The great hall was on the first floor, and the second floor was divided into two rooms. The small stair wing is a storey higher, with a caphouse at the top reached by a corbelled stair turret. There is a narrow parapet walk along the north and south walls. The main stairs is a broad spiral staircase.

The castle has been recently restored into a family home. he castle is available at various times during the year for private self-catering letting.

The main block of the castle was built in the 15th century. The stair tower was added in the late 16th century along with a higher wall-head, and a new parapet walk. Barholm was a stronghold of the McCullochs, who had owned the property since 1510. The protestant McCullochs were involved in a feud with the Catholic Browns of Carsluith Castle two miles to the north-west. The McCullochs moved out of Barholm in the late 18th century, and the tower fell into disrepair. Recently, the tower was re-roofed and restored as a private house with the restoration completed in 2006.

The Arts
The tower is sometimes identified with the fictional Ellangowan, in Sir Walter Scott's Guy Mannering.

Other Castles in the Area
  Cardoness Castle, Dumfries and Galloway
  Carsluith Castle, Dumfries and Galloway
  MacLellans Castle, Dumfries and Galloway
  Sorbie Tower, Dumfries and Galloway
  Threave Castle, Dumfries and Galloway

Threave Castle
Barholm Castle. Restored from a roofless ruin 2003-2006. Probably built in the late 16th Century by a branch of the McCulloch clan. Stands above the A75 overlooking Wigtown Bay.

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