Rispain Camp is situated in Galloway southwest
Scotland, 24 miles southeast of Stranraer, 66 miles
southwest of Dumfries, 1 miles west of Whithorn village off
the A746. The post code link is for Rispain Farm,
where the car park is situated.
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This is another interesting attraction on the
Whithorn peninsular (the Machars). The drive around
the peninsular is about 45 miles, a full day if
visiting all the attractions.
The image top is of the path round from the car
park at Rispain Farm to the camp. The car park in the
farm yard has no signs, head north then you will see
the path leading uphill to the camp. It is about 300
yards from the car park to the camp.
The information board states:
This ancient monument is a spectacular example of a
fortified iron age farm. Its defenses are so well
preserved that archaeologists once thought it to be a
Roman fort or medieval moated homestead. But recent
excavations (1978 & 1981) left no doubt that it
was built and inhabited between 100BC and AD200 by
local Celtic farmers.
The name Rispain may derive from a local
equivalent of the Old Welsh word, rhwospen, meaning
the chief of the cultivated country, which would
certainly be appropriate for this prestigious iron
The bottom image is looking east to Whithorn
village, with Rispain Farm down to the right. This
would have been a fairly impressive fort with a
wooden fence and deep ditch all around.