Castle Kennedy

Dumfries and Galloway

Castle Kennedy Village
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Castle Kennedy Village

A village in the Rhins of Galloway, SW Dumfries and Galloway, Castle Kennedy lies 4 miles (6 km) east of Stranraer to the south of the Black and White Lochs. From 1861 Castle Kennedy developed in association with the Portpatrick Railway. The village takes its name from a castle built in 1607 by the 5th Earl of Cassillis. Fine landscaped policies, which incorporated the two lochs, were later laid out by the Earl of Stair and the castle was eventually destroyed during the 1715 Jacobite Rising. Castle Kennedy airfield was opened a half-mile (1 km) to the east in 1941. It was used as a training base for gunnery and anti-submarine tactics. It is now disused although remains substantially complete (2005).

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