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Kenmure Castle Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 07/30/2008
1.5 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Kenmure Castle about 1 mile south of the Royal Burgh of New Galloway on the A762 is steeped in history and has been visited by Mary Queen of Scots and Robert Burns. It is nothing but a ruin now, but well worth a visit

The castle as it is today

This cache is one of a series around Loch Ken which provides either a pleasant circular drive or cycle around the loch. You might like to consider the Loch Ken Circular (multi-cache) if you are doing the series of six. This cache is one of the multi-cache stages.

WARNING - I wouldn't recommend exploring the main part of the building. The debris lying around inside doesn't look particularly safe.

Kenmure Castle lies a mile to the south of the village of New Galloway, Scotland’s smallest Royal Burgh and to the north of Loch Ken. The oldest part of Kenmure Castle dates from the 16th Century and was the seat of the West March Gordons of Lochinvar. John Balliol may have been born in Kenmure and used the place as a headquarters. After a visit there by Mary, Queen of Scots, the castle was burned. It later suffered the same fate at the hands of Cromwell. The Sixth Viscount Kenmure was beheaded in the Tower of London as a result of his Jacobite allegiances. The castle was visited by Robert Burns who wrote the Jacobite song “Kenmure’s up and awa’, Willie”.

Park just off the A762 at N55°03.810' W004°08.490' and follow what was originally the drive to the castle. As you walk note what would undoubtedly be the terraced garden to the right of the path. Underfoot remains traces of what would have been a tarmac road. This is a very short but pleasant walk to the cache site.

NOTE: To visit the castle, continue down the avenue of trees - it sits on a mound with the road/path going around behind it.

You are looking for a small tupperware type box with room for swaps and TBs.

For extra browny points, and a bit of fun, encrypt in your log entry - what looks out of place on the castle?

FTF - Pooter

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

irel ynetr gerr - chapu vg, vg'f fbsg

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)