Barholm Castle

Barholm Castle, Dumfries and Galloway


Gatehouse Of Fleet,

Castle Douglas


Off A75



Barholm Castle was restored over three years between 2003 and 2006 and is today a private family home overlooking the sea 300 feet below and surrounded by lovely gardens.

The main block dates back to the 15th century with further work undertaken in the 16th century.

Access to the outside of the castle is possible with consideration by walking along a shared private track.

~ History ~

1510 ~ The McCulloch's make Barholm their stronghold. As a strongly Protestant family they feud with the Catholic Browns of nearby Carsluith Castle.

1566 ~ John Knox, leading figure of The Scottish reformation hides out at the castle.

1579 ~ John Brown of Carsluith Castle is charged to appear in court for the murder of McCulloch of Barholm Castle, and is fined for his non-appearance.

1666 ~ Major John McCulloch of Barholm Castle is executed for his part in the Pentland Rising and the battle of Rullion Green.

1700's ~ The tower is replaced as the McCulloch chielf residence when Robert Adam designs the classical Barholm House for the family near Creetown to the north. The tower falls into disrepair.