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A spectacularly located ruin in the heart of Nithsdale.
Having spotted Morton Castle and loch on the OS map, and realising we were camped pretty close, it followed that we should visit.We decided to travel by motorbike instead of the motorhome as the roads were very narrow.
What a location!Perfect peace in tranquil surroundings. The only other people were a family picnicking on the slopes above the quiet loch, their menfolk having taken a small rowing boat out for a spot of fishing.We didn't see them catch anything but there were plenty of fish jumping.
The castle dates from the mid 1400's, built by the Earls of Morton and the remains of today owes much of it's ruined state to James VI's campaign against 8th Lord Maxwell, in 1588, when the castle was captured and burned.It passed to the Morton family, before being sold in the early 1600's when much of the stone was used in local buildings.
The ruins of the castle are not particularly impressive, it's the setting that strikes you. It sits on a bluff, sloping steeply into Morton Loch with the Lowther Hills in the background perfecting the scene. Stand awhile and enjoy this lovely location, inspect the scant ruins a\nd wander around the outside, down to the damn on the loch. A nature trail incorporates the castle but rather strangely comes to an abrupt halt where a new fence is replaced by an old one. By the new kissing gate, barbed wire fences off the way onto the what looks like newly created trail. Is this one of those strange land disputes that has not yet been solved, we wondered?
I fell in love with the place, remote and brooding under a dark, April sky.
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