Drumcoltran Tower is situated 9 miles southwest of
Dumfries, 6 miles northeast of Dabeattie, off the
A711 road, by the very small village of Beeswing
where there are signs to the tower. There is a small
car park by the tower.
The tower is open all year, Free to visit. There
are no floors left, but you can climb the spiral
staircase and walk around the top for great views all
around and over the modern farm below.
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Drumcoltran Tower was built for Edward Maxwell in
the 1550s, a younger son of Lord Maxwell.
The Maxwell's were the most powerful family in the
area at that time with their main stronghold of
Caerlaverock Castle being 16 miles
southeast. They were a famous Roman Catholic,
It is thought Drumcoltran Tower was built to help
control this area where the main road runs between
Dumfries and Dalbeattie.
1750 - the tower passed by marriage to Captain
John Maxwell who also inherited Cardoness
Castle in 1752. Cardoness Castle is situated 24
A house was built next to the tower around that
time with the house and tower used to accommodate
1900s - the wooden floors were removed from the
tower after becoming unsafe.
1900s - the tower was used as a farm store.
1951 - the tower was taken under the care of