Located 7 miles north east of Dalbeattie, Drumcoltran Tower is a fortified mid 16th century L plan tower house, adjacent to mid 18th century farmhouse.
From Wednesday 15 July, we will open the outdoor of Drumcoltran Tower which is free to access. For more information on our reopening plans, please visit our website.
Drumcoltran Tower was built in the 1550s by Edward Maxwell, a younger son of the then Lord Maxwell. It is thought the site was chosen because it controlled the main road from Dumfries to Dalbeattie rather than because of any inherent defensive strength.
In later centuries, the tower had various owners before passing by marriage to Captain John Maxwell of Cardoness in 1750, who also inherited Cardoness Castle shortly after. A house was later built to accommodate farm labourers while the tower was used as a farm store. Today it is under the care of Historic Scotland.
You can find Drumcoltran Tower by following the brown tourist road signs from the A711 Dalbeattie to Dumfries road at a junction near the village of Beeswing.
Please park in the space by the roadside and follow the signposted path that takes you around the side of the tower to its main entrance. Keys are available locally during standard opening times.