Closeburn Castle ref: UK13535

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Self Catering



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  • Barbecue 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Rural Location 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • All En-suite 
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath 
  • Castle 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Childrens Play Area 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • Unique Cottages 


Magical and truly unique Closeburn Castle is what is called a square stone ’keep’, a Norman construction style introduced in the time of William the Conqueror. Before then there were no castles in Britain, so Closeburn Castle is among the earliest examples of British castle construction.

Built around 1232 by members of the Kirkpatrick family, the castle is steeped in history and oozes traditional charm and will certainly excite all the family. Settle in and enjoy this magnificent castle with its spiralling staircases and magnificent views. As part of your accommodation the owners will give you a guided tour around the property, where you will see the dungeons and you can walk around the battlements (a restricted area).
The building was practically impenetrable, standing on a promontory and surrounded by a wooden palisade first and a stone wall later, with a drawbridge, and a lake called Closeburn Loch to protect it from invaders.

For centuries the only way to access the first floor, roughly 10 feet above ground, was by ladder. During the years the castle has changed and adapted to modern times, and nowadays you won´t need to climb up a ladder to access the tower, as there are stairs that were built in 1748 by Sir Thomas Kirkpatrick.

On the first floor you´ll find the kitchenette, small yet perfectly formed with all the modern appliances you might need for your holidays (and if there´s anything you miss just ask for it). The dining hall and drawing room are on the first floor too. Spend some time looking out for the owner’s cheeky animals through the windows or finding constellations in the night sky.

On the second floor are two twin bedrooms with en-suite facilities. O´Donnell´s room, decorated with general O´Donnell family pictures. He was a descendant of the famous Irish warman ’The Red O´Donnell’ and he married Doña Victoria Kirkpatrick in Spain. Empress Eugenia’s room is decorated with motifs depicting the life of Napoleon III and his wife, Eugenia Palafox-Portocarreño y Kirkpatrick. On the third floor is the Kirkpatrick Suite, a magnificent double bedroom with en-suite facilities and a sitting area where you can sit and relax looking out the windows and listening to nature. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

First floor

14 steps to entrance.
Living room 1: With TV with DVD player (for films only).
Dining room.
Kitchen: With electric hob, combi microwave/oven/grill, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

Second floor

Bedroom 1 (Empress Eugenia room): With twin beds and en-suite with shower over roll-top bath and toilet.
Bedroom 2 (O’Donnell room): With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

Third floor

Bedroom 3 (Kirkpatrick Suite): With double bed and en-suite with shower over roll-top bath and toilet.
Living room 2.

Fourth floor


Oil central heating (on first floor), infra-red heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.


5-acre natural, unspoilt grounds with woodland (shared with owner) and gas BBQ. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    3 miles
  • Distance
    3 miles
  • Restaurant
    3 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    3 miles
  • Railway station distance
    12.0 miles
  • Lake
    22.4 miles (Reservoir)

About the local area

The unspoilt beauty of this south west corner of Scotland is the perfect antidote to the hurly burly of modern life. Here there are deserted beaches, magnificent forests, rugged moors and beautiful lochs, all unblemished and untouched by tourism. But Dumfries and Galloway is not only perfect for chilled-out holidays, if you want a bit more action you can also find a range of activities and sports, from walking and cycling to golf and fishing.

To the west of the region is the quiet market town of Newton Stewart on the banks of the River Cree. This is a popular area for walkers and cyclists with open rolling countryside and close by to the Galloway Forest Park. In contrast with gentle scenery of the Solway Firth the Galloway Hills to the north has beautiful moors, mountains, lakes and rivers, with at its heart the Galloway Forest Park, some 150,000 acres of forest land with waymarked trails that are ideal for trekking and cyclists.

Formal gardens and country parks can be found throughout this area, the foremost of which is Threave Garden and Castle just south of Castle Douglas along the shores of Loch Carlingwark, renowned for its horticultural gardens and woodland covering some sixty acres. To the north of the town Loch Ken provides for more strenuous activities such as waterskiing, sailing and windsurfing.

To the south are the sandy coves and estuarine mudflats of the Solway Firth. The charming coastal resort of Kirckcudbright sits half way along the coast and was once a busy shipping port but now has a more tranquil atmosphere. Further east The Colvend coast has some lovely stretches of coastline and coastal villages providing moorings for visiting yachts and boat hire.

Inland on the River Nith, Dumfries is the regions largest town and a great base from which to explore the whole area. The town is also renowned for its associations with Robert Burns who spent the last five years of his life here.

Things to do nearby

7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails
7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails

For riders of all ability and confidence the 7 Stanes are a series of mountain bike trail centres around the South of Scotland. The centres offer all different kinds of trails from woodland routes to rapid downhill.

River Cree

The River Cree rises from Loch moan before taking its path through woodland and moors before joining the sea near Newton Stewart.

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle

Set in vast woodland, Drumlanrig Castle really is a stunning place to go riding.

River Urr

At 35 miles long, the River Urr has plenty of good sights to fish on. Again salmon and trout are common here but the river is one of only three in Scotland which allows fishing until the end of November.

River Bladnoch and Tarf Water

Well renowned for its spring salmon fishery, the River Bladnoch also has a good amount of summer salmon making fishing on here a real treat.

Loch Ken

Loch Ken is located in the heart of Dee Valley and has historically been a thriving area for Pike with the famous Kenmure pike caught back in 1798 being said to weigh in at a huge 72lbs.

Moffat Fishery

The flyfishing on offer at the Moffat Fishery is second to none with its peaceful location in the rolling Scottish Borders.

Buittle Reservoir

Between Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas, Buittle Reservoir is well stocked monthly bringing you fantastic trout fishing.

Drumlanrig Castle

Commissioned in 1691 by William Douglas, Drumlanrig Castle is set in a magnificent 90,000 acres of land including a Country Park and Victorian Garden.

The Machars Cycling Routes
The Machars Cycling Routes

These routes make up a collection of quiet roads which allow you to experience the local moorland, sea and wildlife from the area whilst taking in a little local heritage on the way.

Galloway Activity Centre

Offering sailing, windsurfing and a whole host of other water bourne activities.

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