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MEIKLE GALDENOCH
LESWALT, STRANRAER, DG9 0RS

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Situated about seven miles north-west from Stranraer, this ruin stands secluded in a hollow dell, through which a winding burn hurries on to the not far distant sea.

Galdenoch is a small mid-16th century three storey, plus attic, L-plan tower house. Built with extremely small stones, it has crow stepped gables and a single angle turret at the southern angle.

The door is in the re-entrant angle and once led straight onto the main stair, in the wing, which is a storey higher than the main block and ended with a watch room, once reached by a very small turret stair. This led only to the first floor, from where further access was by a narrow turnpike, corbelled out internally, which is very unusual.

The ground floor of the main block is vaulted. The hall above has a fire place measuring 9 feet across and two wardrobes in the north wall. Above the door, in the wall of the main block, a small panel records the date of construction and the initials of the builder, Gilbert Agnew, 2nd son of Andrew Agnew of Lochnaw, who was killed at the Battle of Pinkie

Heavy fines imposed on the family for their support of the Covenanters and a failed attempt to establish salt pans on the coast nearby, left them in financial ruin at the end of the 17th century.

The castle is not open to the public but can be viewed externally. There is a public car park at the farm designed to serve the footpath which leads from here to Kemps Walk, an Iron age fort which overlooks Salt Pans Bay