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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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