Kenmure Castle has had a long and somewhat unfortunate history. It stands about a mile to the south of New Galloway overlooking the end of Loch Ken.
It was fought over by John Balliol and the Lords of Galloway in the late 1200s. Its owners, the Gordon family, supported Mary Queen of Scots after her flight to England and their castle was burned down by her opponents in 1568. Then in 1650 the family supported Charles I and it was Cromwell who burned down the castle. Kenmure was turned into something more like a palace than a castle in the 1800s. It burned down for the third and final time in 1950 and is now a ruinous shell.