Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
Lochgoilhead And Kilmorich
NN 14323 9648
214323, 709648


Built 1596. Fell into ruin. Restored by Sir Robert Lorimer 1911-12. L-plan. 3-1/2 storeys with laigh floor. Square stair tower in re-entrant angle. Circular tower at NW salient angle. Random rubble. Corbie-

step-gabled. Stone-slabbed roof. Dormers. Fine entrance enriched with dog-tooth ornament, with inscribed lintel dated 1596; Panel over also highly enriched. Servants wing and Library wing (over pend and connected to keep by loggia) added 1911-12, both 1-1/2 storey.

INTERIOR: Red Banner Hall and Boudoir notable; also Library, Oak Room, Elm Room.

Statement of Special Interest

Replaced nearby Dubh Loch Castle (Inverary) as seat of MacNaughtons. Passed to Campbells of Ardkinglas in earlier 18th cent. Acquired by Sir Andrew Noble, of Ardmore as part of Ardkinglas estate c.1905.

The 'Castle Doom' of Neil Munro's novel.



OSA NSA TSA Groome Argyll C.C. 'List' C & D Arch, III pp 613-618 (plans; ills) Hussey 'Lorimer' (plans; ills) Tranter 'Fortified House' Vol v p22.

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.

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