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Cruggleton Church is in Galloway southwest Scotland, 34 miles southeast of Stranraer, 64 miles southwest of Dumfries, next to the B7063 road.

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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 the attractions.

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 Galloway.

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 church.

The church nave measures 35ft by 20ft, and a chancel 21ft by 15ft.

The nave and chancel are de vided by a Romanesque arch.

The church is rarely open, with a key kept at the nearby farmhouse.

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:

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