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near Raehills, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Lochwood Castle is located about 3.5 miles south of Beattock just off the road from Lochmaben to Beattock. It was the residence of the Johnstone family of Annandale, from the 12th to early 18th Century. The L-plan tower was built in the 15th century, and part of it remains standing. The castle grounds has an ancient plantation and some of the trees are over 400 years old.

The tower was captured and occupied by the English between 1547 to 1550. The English burned it as they left. In 1585 the tower was attacked and burnt down again by the Maxwells. By the late 17th century Lochwood was abandoned.

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

Lochmaben Castle
Lochwood Castle. The scant remains must have once been open to the public as there is a blue board with historical information. Now it is overgrown with weeds and fenced off from the minor road.

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