Innermessan Mote

Monuments & Ruins

Balyett, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway, DG9

    Built in the 12th century by Norman Kings, Innermessan Mote rises above 30 feet and boasts a mesmerising history.

    The huge flat-topped mound of Innermessan Mote was part of a massive earth and timber castle built in the 12th century by Norman kings brought into the area by the Lords of Galloway.

    Rising to a height of above 30 feet above the bottom of the ditch which encircles it, Innermessan was the centre of a large feudal estate and much of its wealth must have come from the control of trade and shipping in Loch Ryan.

    Over the years a town grew up around the castle which led to it being given burgh status and by the end of the middle ages, it was the largest settlement on Loch Ryan. But as Stranraer grew in the 16th century, Inndermessan declined and by the end of the 17th century, it had become a largely insignificant hamlet.


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    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

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