Cruggleton Church is situated in Galloway
southwest Scotland, 34 miles southeast of Stranraer, 64 miles
southwest of Dumfries, next to the B7063 road. The
map link below is for Cruggleton Farm, with the
church being a few hundred yards south of the
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This is is one of many interesting attractions on
the Whithorn peninsular (the Machars). The drive
around is about 45 miles, a full day if visiting all
This small 1100s church is situated in a wooded
copse in the middle of a field, about 100 yards from
the main road, where there is a car park.
The church dates to 1125 - 1150, claimed to be one
of the most complete Romanesque churches in
Cruggleton Church was built by Fergus, 1st Lord of
Galloway, to serve as a private chapel for his
Cruggleton Castle close by.
Cruggleton Castle is
now a ruin, with little left standing.
1890 - the 3rd Marquess of Bute restored the
The church nave measures 35ft by 20ft, and a
chancel 21ft by 15ft.
The nave and chancel are de vided by a Romanesque
The church is rarely open, with a key kept at the
You can also walk over the fields towards the
coast to visit the remains of Cruggleton Castle,
sitting on top of the rocks.
The coastal path from Garlieston port village also leads
south to the castle, about a 3 mile walk.
Galloway House and
Estate are situated about 3 miles north of the church
by Garlieston village. You can see the house from the
road when driving into Garlieston from the west.
The house was built in the 1740s for Lord Garlies,
sixth Earl of Galloway. The walled garden was built
by French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars.
1930 - the house was sold to Lady Forteviot, widow
of John Dewar, of the Dewar's Whisky family.
Today - the house is private, but the gardens can
be visited, and there are holiday cottages on the
estate. More information at the website: