Welcome to Lochinch Heritage Estate set in the midst of 1578 hectares. Lochinch Castle, Castle Kennedy Gardens and the 18th Century Estate have something for everyone to enjoy.

Lochinch was awarded Heritage Status in 1985 in recognition of its outstanding scenic, scientific, historic and architectural values.

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Lochinch Heritage Estate

Home to the Earls of Stair since the 14th Century, Lochinch encompasses the ‘new’ Lochinch Castle with its gardens as well as the ‘old’ Castle Kennedy ruins with their Gardens extending across 75 acres of extraordinary features and plantings.

The Heritage Estate extends across farm land, hillsides, lochs and forests. Carved out by glaciers at the end of the Ice Age and warmed by the beneficial climate of the Gulf Stream, it provides a rich habitat for diverse flora and fauna, both wild and cultivated.

Lochinch Castle

Built in the mid-19th century in the Scottish Baronial style, Lochinch Castle and its numerous outbuildings were designed to the wishes of John Dalrymple, 10th Earl of Stair, and his wife Louisa de Franquetot, daughter of the 3rd duc de Coigny. It replaced Castle Kennedy which unfortunately burned down in 1716, enabling the Earls of Stair to once again make their principal home in this most beautiful part of Southwest Scotland.

Much of Lochinch Castle has been left untouched with original decorations and furnishings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Outside there are numerous outbuildings, including the recently restored vaulted Boathouse on the White Loch, Victorian Carriage Houses and Stable Courtyard.


Initially laid out by the 2nd Earl of Stair in the 18th Century and later restored, replanted and extended by the 8th and 10th Earls in the 19th Century, Castle Kennedy Gardens today extend across 75 acres of sculpted landscape, features and plantings of historical value. Open to the public, the Gardens offer a varied programme of events for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

Lochinch Holiday Cottages

Luxury self-catering holiday cottage accommodation on the Lochinch Heritage Estate is available to hire throughout the year. These beautifully renovated cottages retain many of their original historic features and offer stylish quality accommodation in a peaceful and private setting.

Lochinch Weddings, Venue Hire And Filming

The Castles (Lochinch and Castle Kennedy), the Victorian Carriage Houses, the gardens, lochs, surrounding countryside and various structures throughout the Estate are idyllic, providing a magical Scottish backdrop. They can be exclusively yours. Our team is prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that your needs are met, whatever the reason for your coming here.

Lochinch Country Sports

The breathtaking countryside of the Estate sets the scene for a perfect day’s entertainment in pursuit of traditional country sports, whether shooting, stalking or fishing. whatever your ability.

The River Luce

The most westerly river system in Galloway, The River Luce is renowned for its good numbers of salmon and sea trout which, at the right times of year, are in abundance. Until recently the river was fished entirely by syndicate members but now we offer day permits on some of the best fly water.

Castle Kennedy Airfield

The first recorded fixed wing arrival in Galloway in 1913 was at the airfield on the Stair Estates. Centred between Northern Ireland, Prestwick, Carlisle, Blackpool, and Isle of Man, this is the only facility for General Aviation in the South West of Scotland.


Stair Estates Office
Castle Kennedy
Dumfries & Galloway
Telephone: 01776 702 024


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