Dunskey Castle Ghosts

The ruins of Dunskey Castle that stand today were built in the 16th century for the Adairs of Kinhilt but was empty by 1700. The castle was burned in a local feud and like many of Scotland`s bleaker castles, is reputedly haunted by a few ghosts.

One report is the ghostly figure of a nurse maid who dropped a baby from one of the windows onto the rocks far below. Visitors also report seeing a “hairy man” and a ghostly piper from the past.

The castle was said to have had a Brownie, a legendary creature popular in folklore around Scotland and England. Customarily brownies are said to inhabit houses and aid in tasks around the house. However, they don’t like to be seen and will only work at night, traditionally in exchange for small gifts or food.

Dunskey Castle is located south of the village of Portpatrick, Rhinns, Wigtownshire, Scotland.

Iron Age village discovered during bypass building project

An Iron Age village plus a host of ancient artefacts including tools and jewellery have been discovered on a construction site.

The finds were made by teams working on the £17 million A75 Dunragit bypass in Wigtownshire.

Tools, arrowheads, urns and bead necklaces from the Mesolithic (9000 BC to 4500 BC), Neolithic (4500 BC to 2000 BC), Bronze (2500 BC to 800 BC) and Iron Ages (800 BC to 500 AD) were found, along with the Iron Age village and a Bronze Age cemetery.

A 130-piece jet bead necklace was of particular interest to archaeologists, who were able to trace its origin in Whitby, North Yorkshire, around 155 miles from where it was found. Read more.

First Scottish Iron Age 'loch village' found in Wigtownshire

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an Iron Age “loch village” in Wigtownshire, the first of its kind to be found in Scotland.

Experts believe it could be “Scotland’s Glastonbury”, a reference to the lake village in Somerset.

The excavation was part-financed with £15,000 from Historic Scotland.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop described the village discovery at Black Loch of Myrton as “an exciting and unexpected find”.

The dig was carried out this summer by AOC Archaeology Group, which hopes to use the pilot excavation as the starting point for a broader programme of archaeological activity. Read more.

Open Access Archaeology Digest #500

Open Access (free to read) articles on archaeology:

Circular Forts in Lorn and North Perthshire: with a Note on the Excavation of one at Borenich, Loch Tummel.

Cultural Patterns and Chronology in the Northern Sacramento River Drainage

Dissecting the Palimpsest: an Easy Computer-Graphic Approach to the Stratigraphic Sequence of the Túnel VII Site (Tierra del Fuego, Argentina)

Notes on the Discovery of a Cist at Stairhaven, Wigtownshire.

Learn more about Open Access and Archaeology at: http://bit.ly/YHuyFK


managed to find the elusive Green Man Inn, but alas it was shut! we did pick up some horror treats from Wigtown though, loads of really cute bookshops there :3 and we also found a weird ‘heritage museum’ which was pretty much just an old garage full of Wicker Man memorabilia, including the wooden paddle that was used in the bakery scene and a huge replica of the man chock full of woodworm!

Older Adults Information Day - Stranraer

Thorneycroft Care Home & Day Care Centre are hosting a community event in February.  If you are over 55 years old and live in Wigtownshire, this is the event for you!

Staff from Visibility’s See Hear project will be on hand, along with representatives from 24 organisations who provide services and support to older people in the local area.

The event takes place from 2:30pm to 5:30pm on Tuesday, 24th February at Thorneycroft Care Home & Day Care Centre, Sycamore Way. Stranraer. DG9 7BS.

Picture shows:  Staff from See Hear at an information day

Other organisations attending include:

  • Alzheimer’s Scotland
  • Home Energy Savers
  • Rhins Food bank
  • The Food Train
  • Social work
  • Building Healthy Communities
  • Dumfries & Galloway Advocacy Service
  • Handy Van services
  • Short Breaks Bureau
  • Capability Scotland
  • Care Call
  • Age Scotland

We hope to see you there!