Cardoness Castle, Kirkcudbright

Gatehouse Of Fleet, Kirkcudbright

Gatehouse of Fleet is an attractive little town stretched along a sloping main street, in the middle of which sits an unusual castellated clock tower. The town lies on the banks of the Water of Fleet, completely off the beaten track, and is surrounded by partly wooded hills.

The well preserved Cardoness Castle was the home of the McCulloch clan. It’s a classic 15th century tower house with great views from the top. Back in town, Mill on the Fleet Museum, in a converted 18th century cotton mill, traces the history of the local industry. The town was originally planned as workers’ accommodation. Check out the magnificent View over the Gatehouse painting, and the fantastic jumbled bookshop and small gallery in the loft.

The Gatehouse Of Fleet is a real hidden gem that is worth a visit on your Scotland tours.