Cairns Castle is a ruined keep, dating from the 15th century. The Crichtons inherited the castle through marriage of the heiress of the castle who was the granddaughter of William de Carnys the original owner.

The castle has an adjoining wing. It has a vaulted basement, a kitchen on the ground floor, and a hall above. All floors were reached by a turnpike stair in the corner between the main block and the wing. There were at least three storeys. The kitchen fireplace was converted into an entrance. The entrance tower to the east no longer exists.



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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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travel with gem (3 years ago)
Got some pictures of the scenery and cairns castle but its on private property so could not view the inside or stay long as the landowner didn't want me there. Overall was very disappointed.
Kevin Coyle (3 years ago)
Beautiful green space next to a lovely little loch. Small but interesting castle to see too. Little bird watching shed to view the amazing wildlife.
Ulric Schwela (3 years ago)
The tower remaining only merits two stars as there are few interesting details, but there's a bonus star for the lakeside setting and the beautiful flooded landscape around the nextdoor bridge.
Fiona McGowran (3 years ago)
A lovely peaceful place with great walks
Jenn McKillop (3 years ago)
Scenic. Quiet. Lots of snowdrops. And a friendly old dog came to see us.
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