Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see ‘About Listed Buildings’ below for more information.


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NN 9613 9241
209613, 709241


1744-61. Roger Morris, Architect; William and John Adam,

Masters of Works. Completed 1772-85. Robert Mylne, Architect. Quadrangular. 2 storeys and basement. (Attic with gabled

dormers added 1878). Round 3-storey corner towers (conical

roofs added 1878). High square central tower. Ashlar (lapis

ollaris). Slate roofs. Crenellation. String-courses. Pointed window-openings (round-headed spandrels inserted 1777 by

Mylne). Entrances on N.E. and S.W. sides, moulded pointed

doorways; 'Gothic' 2-span Bridges over Fosse. Damaged by fire

1877. Splendid Georgian interiors by Mylne: Drawing Room;

Dining Room; Saloon. Also high 'Gothic' Central Hall.

Statement of Special Interest

Seat of Dukes of Argyll. Built for 3rd Duke. Foundation stone

laid October 1746. Completed and decorated for 5th Duke.

Replaced old Inveraray Castle (built c.1450 for Sir Colin

Campbell of Glenorchy, later to his nephew, Colin, the 1st Earl

of Argyll) the site of which lies a few yards to E.



Plans and Elevations dated 1746 (in castle). Pennant 'Tour'

1769 (ill.)

Neale 'Views' vol. 6 (ill.)

Mylne 'Master Masons' 'Country Life', July 1927 (ills.)

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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