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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 14/05/1971


  • Local Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Planning Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Parish: Cardross

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NS 31582 78569
  • Coordinates: 231582, 678569


Probably 16th or 17th century. Tall D-plan tower built at base of cliff against cliff face. Red sandstone rubble with harl-pointing, some later patching. Entrance on SW elevation, large door with cement lintel; loopholes, arrowslit windows; defensive in nature. Later large opening at upper stage on NW, brick infill at lintel, modern cill. Circular-plan in interior; joist holes indicate formerly 2 floors; modern plywood platform. Low felt conical roof.

Statement of Special Interest

The tower is a Scheduled Monument. The exact date and function of the tower is unknown, but the masonry details and location suggest an early date and a defensive/watch tower function. The tower was later incorporated into the landscaping of Ardmore, and there was formerly a cliff path and woodland walks in the areas of the tower. The circular- plan structure directly above on top of cliff may be related, but appears later in date.



OS 1st edition 1854. W C Maughan ANNALS OF GARELOCHSIDE (1897).

F A Walker and F Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY (1992) pp63-64. Preliminary survey notes of Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland (C Kernan).

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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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

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