Cairn na GathJune 2, 2022
CogsheadJune 7, 2022
This impressive ruin was built in the 15th century by the Crichton Family. Once a formidable defensive fortification guarding upper Nithsdale it was sold in the 17th century to William Douglas 1st Duke of Queensbury. He subsequently had Drumlanrig castle built ten miles south of here near Thornhill. It is said that he spent one night in his new home before deciding that he didn’t like it and returning to Sanquhar Castle where he stayed for the rest of his life.
A White Lady is supposed to haunt the castle. This is believed to be the spirit of a beautiful golden haired woman called Marion of Dalpeddar who disappeared while staying at the castle in 1590. Shortly after her disappearance the ghost of a young lady started to appear. In the 19th century excavations at the castle revealed the skeleton of a young woman buried in unmarked ground just outside the castle.