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Dalmellington Mote


The Dalmellington Mote can be found in the centre of this historic town. Motes (mottes) were originally fortified sites on which timber castles would sit. Wooden castles preceded stone-built castles such as Loch Doon Castle and date back to the Anglo-Norman period around the late 11th and early 12th century.

The Mote at Dalmellington is in a very good state of preservation. It consists of a flat-topped mound surrounded by a circular ditch. The ditch has suffered slightly from the effects of erosion from the Muck Water and the base has been altered to form a footpath.

Dalmellington Mote has now been officially classed as an Ancient Monument which will aid its preservation.

 

Contact Information

Arts And Museums (East Ayrshire Leisure Trust)
Telephone: 01563 554350
Page last updated on12 October 2011
Tags
  • Tourism
  • Places of Interest
  • Dalmellington
  • Mote