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The Doon and old fort West of Twynholm.jpg
A hill fort west of Twynholm
Grid reference: NX6654
Location: 54°51’53"N, 4°4’60"W
Population: 119  (2001)
Post town: Kirkcudbright
Postcode: DG6
Dialling code: 01557
Local Government
Council: Dumfries and Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway

Twynholm is a village and parish in Kirkcudbrightshire. It is located two miles north-north west of Kirkcudbright and four miles east of Gatehouse of Fleet on the main A75 trunk road. Surrounding parishes are Balmaghie to the north, Tongland to the east, Kirkcudbright to the south-east, Borgue to the south-west and Girthon to the west.

The etymology of the name is uncertain. It may be from the British twyn (a bank or hillock) and the Saxon hame meaning home,[1] or be of Scots derivation and mean "between the river banks".[2]

Former Formula One racing driver David Coulthard is from Twynholm.[3][4]

There are a variety of listed buildings in the vicinity including the parish church[5] and the ruins of the 16th century Cumstoun Castle.[6]


  1. Gordon, Rev. John "The Parish of Twynholm" in [The New Statistical Account of Scotland: Dumfries, Kirkcudbright, Wigton (1845) W. Blackwood and Sons. Page 37. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  2. Blackie, Christina (1876) Etymological Geography Daldy, Isbister, & Company. Page 89. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  3. "Draught guidance: a kilt need underwear". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  4. "Drivers: David Coulthard". Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  5. "Twynholm Parish Church". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  6. "Cumstoun Castle". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 2 January 2014.

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