Cardoness Castle is a typical Scottish Tower House built in the late 15th century for the McCullochs of Galloway - a prominent and rather lawless family. The castle is built for defence with thick walls and mostly small window openings and with a double door with ‘murder hole’ above. The layout inside is typical with the lower two floors used for storage, a well appointed great hall with some very fine surviving features, and above which were the private floors for the family. The castle also has one of the best examples of a two-storey pit prison. There is an excellent small exhibition in the custodian’s cottage on the way in.