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Auchinleck Castle

Bridge (Period Unassigned), Castle (Medieval), House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Auchinleck Castle

Classification Bridge (Period Unassigned), Castle (Medieval), House (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Lugar Water; Dippol Burn

Canmore ID 42746

Site Number NS42SE 2

NGR NS 4995 2320

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Ayrshire
  • Parish Auchinleck
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Cumnock And Doon Valley
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NS42SE 2 4995 2320

(NS 4995 2320) Auchinleck Castle (NR) (remains of)

OS 6" map (1967)

The ruins of Auchinleck Castle occupy a strong position on the banks of the Lugar Water. Only a part of one wall, a few arches, and other fragments remain. It is built on the point of a rock and is believed to have been surrounded by a moat; the drawbridge is said to have reached another rock nearby. This castle was superseded in the 17th century by Auchinleck Old House (NS52SW 4).

Little is known of this land before 1241; it was apparently held in demesne by Walter Stewart (G W S Barrow 1973).

J Paterson 1863

The remains consist of the lower courses of walls, with one wall, containing an arched opening, standing to a height of some 4.0m. The structure, which is of early appearance, is of local red sandstone, standing on an isolated outcrop dropping sheer to the Lugar Water and Dippol Burn. A stone causeway gives access from the S.

Visited by OS (JFC) 21 June 1954

The tree-covered remains of the castle, impressively situated on a rock stack, are generally as described. Part of the interior has been quarried out of the solid rock and the walling has augmented the natural defences. A narrow, rock-cut path climbs the S side of a vertical rock face to the summit.

Visited by OS (MJF) 20 October 1980


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