Druchtag Motte is situated in Galloway
southwest Scotland, 24 miles southeast of
Stranraer, 62 miles southwest of
Dumfries, by the small village of
Mochrum, 2 miles north of Port
The Motte is free to visit, the postcode is
There is only room for one car to park by
the Motte. You can park in Mochrum and walk the
few hundred yards up to the Motte.
All that survives at Druchtag is the steep
mound and ditch with a rope to pull yourself up
to the top.
There would have been a wall of pointed
timber around the top of the mound to serve as
a secure home. The building would probably have
been the home of a Galloway Lord.
Scotland’s earliest castles were mottes like
this one, common up to the 1200s. Stone castles
were built from the 1200s.
Mottes vary in size, some would have
contained one building, others with a number of
buildings. They often had buildings around them
on lower ground, that could have had pointed
wooden fences around them as well.