Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
South Ayrshire
Planning Authority
South Ayrshire
NS 19629 7210
219629, 607210


1873 for Northern Lighthouse Commissioners, D & T Stevenson, Engineers.

LIGHTHOUSE: Tapering circular-section tower, brick built painted, with string course below top upper courses curbing out to support concrete cap on which iron lantern sits. Lantern glazing triangular-paned, domed top plain iron railing round cap. Small rectangular windows spiral round tower following staircase. Door in SE face, adjacent to link block (see below), doorcase, has painted quoins.

KEEPER'S HOUSE: Main block 2-storey 2-bay 6-bay flat-roofed, brick built, with cornice and blocking course. Short chimney stacks in pairs on E and W ends. Principal elevation to S, 6-bay. To E single-storey 1-by 2-bay flat-roofed wing with tall chimney stacks on S and E elevations. To W lean-to-wing with corrugated iron roof, pair doors in W elevation. Base course.

Houses linked to tower by 2-storey flat-roofed block with house door in E face, treated as lighthouse door.

Later flat-roofed single-storey building to NE. Tower and houses enclosed within iron railing on masonry dwarf wall.

To east is walled enclosure with pair of coal cellars in masonry and brick.

Statement of Special Interest

Set in ruins of Turnberry Castle.




About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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