Dalmusternock Farmhouse & Craufurdland Castle

Dalmusternock Farmhouse & Craufurdland Castle

At day out in Ayrshire by car to visit two separate properties; an unusual conversion of a
17th Century dower-house into a farmhouse and a 13th century tower-keep with later
additions which was “gothicised” in the 18th century.

Venue: Dalmusternock Farmhouse & Craufurdland Castle
Time: 10.30am at Dalmusternock Farmhouse / 1.30pm at Craufurdland Castle
Cost: £38 including a light lunch

Dalmusternock Farmhouse

Dalmusternock was built in 1615 as a home for Sir William Mure on his marriage to Anna Dundas, the daughter of the laird of Newliston, near Edinburgh. As the eldest son and heir to the Rowallan Estate the house was from its inception likely to be considered as a temporary home and Sir William and Lady Anna finally moved to Rowallan Castle in 1639.

Dalmusternock then became a dower house. Prior to 1851, it was re-modelled as a farmhouse for dairy farming and included a watermill and was used as such until fairly recently. The current owners have converted the buildings into family accommodation. Arrival is scheduled for 10.30am for tea/coffee and scones followed by a tour of the house given by the owners James and Jeanie Garven and family.

Craufurdland Castle

The lands of Ardoch were given to the 2nd son of Sir Reginald de Craufurd, the first Sheriff of Ayr in 1245, and renamed Craufurdland. The Keep / Tower House was built in the 1300s, but abandoned for some period with the adjacent Laird’s house being built in the 1600s.

In the early 1700s the Laird’s house and Tower were unified into a single building and in the 1800s the façade was re-worked in a Gothic-influenced style along with the creation of the Wallace Suite, the Georgina Library and the Drawing Room.

The current Laird – Simon, his wife Adity and their 2 children live in the Laird’s House with the Tower available for self – catering accommodation. On arrival at Craufurdland Castle (circa 13.30pm) we shall have a tour given by the owners followed by a light lunch.


Limited numbers so book early. Return the booking form no later than Friday 6th May 2022 Full details will be issued to all participants. Download the booking form here

NOTE: The event will be subject to compliance with any restrictions/requirements in relation to Covid-19.


Image © Craufurdland Castle & Country Estate