Sanquhar Castle was built by the Crichton family in the 13th century. Once a grand residence, its significance began to unravel after it passed into the hands of the 1st Duke of Queensberry, whose family later abandoned it in favour of a newly-built Drumlanrig Castle - comparing the two, it's not hard to see why! Despite later restoration attempts, this time by the Crichtons again, today's ruin is a bit of a mess. In recent years a tall fence has been erected around the buildings, with all but the deep defensive ditches on the naughty side of the barrier. That's a shame, because it's hard to make sense of the castle layout from a distance, and the interior looks quite interesting from photos on the web.
Name: Sanquhar Castle ★☆☆☆☆
Location: Off Forsyth Avenue, east side of Sanquhar, G.R.: NS 785092 ///stops.skid.knitted
Open: Always (exterior only from a distance)
Anything else? The castle is a 2-min walk from street parking on Forsyth Avenue along informal, grassy paths.
|[Sanquhar Castle from beyond its defensive ditch]|
|[Outskirts of Sanquhar]|