"the lands of Dalcastle"
Dalcastle would be somewhere roughly on the circumference of this circle (470 * 428)
Public DomainDalcastle would be somewhere roughly on the circumference of this circle - Credit: Google maps

Though most locations in the Private Memoirs are genuine, Dalcastle, the place at the novel’s heart, is fictional. Since it takes Lady Dalcastle a day to walk back to her father’s home in Glasgow, we can guess that it lies about 25 miles from the city. Hogg scholars have pondered over a real-world basis for Dalcastle, but it is entirely in keeping with the novel’s major themes that the ultimate location should remain obscure.