Explore the Ruins of Kilmahew Castle in Cardross

Are you a lover of history, or do you want to explore some of Scotland’s hidden gems? Well then, make sure to take a trip down to the ruins of Kilmahew Castle in Argyll!

How do I get to Cardross?

Cardross railway station is linked directly to both Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley - to get to the village, take the North Clyde Line operated by ScotRail from either station.

The ruins are located near St Peters Seminary, which is now also in ruins. This castle is steeped in history, being owned by the Napier family for around 18 generations. The castle that remains on the site today, was built in the 16th century. However, there is evidence of a castle being built on the site as far back as 1290.

Cardross History

Today’s settlement of Cardross was developed around a 17th-century church. While there are no remains of that church, the graveyard is still actively used. The village took its name from the historic parish where Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots from 1306 to 1329 and a renowned warrior and leader of Scottish independence, lived the final years of his life.


The castle was built as a 16th-century style Tower House, with its final modification in the 1700s being attributed to the architect John Douglas. There is an exciting future ahead for the castle, as it was bought by the Kilmahew Education Trust in 2020, which may include restoration of the site. So what are you waiting for? Make the most of your day off and explore the historic Kilmahew Castle!

  • Picturesque location
  • Adventure seekers dream
  • Cafes and restaurants are located nearby

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