Location: Near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland

Barholm Castle is a traditional Scottish tower house situated on a hillside overlooking Wigtown Bay and the Machars of Wigtownshire. It was constructed in at least two stages and consists of a rectangular tower with its earliest origins probably dating from the late 15th century and a later stair tower built on the NE side, probably late in the 16th century.

While its history is not well documented, it is known that it was a stronghold of the local McCulloch family. It is reputed briefly to have been a hiding place in 1566 of the well known figure of the Scottish reformation John Knox (1514-1572).

The castle fell into disuse and disrepair in the 18th century, and apart from being used as a location for romantic picnics by the owners of the estate in the 19th century, has seen no use since.

In August 2002, Historic Scotland agreed to make a substantial grant contribution towards the restoration of the castle for residential use. It is hoped that work will begin early in 2003. Further information may be found under the "Now and the future" link.

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