Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
North Ayrshire
Planning Authority
North Ayrshire
NR 88411 37255
188411, 637255


Earlier 19th century, considerable additions. Irregular U-plan court comprising 3-storey domestic tower house, stables, kennels and various outbuildings in a picturesque, castellated style. Grey and buff rubble, red sandstone ashlar dressings, slate roofs. Sash and case, and casement windows, some latticed; ashlar-coped skews and

crowstepped gables.

FRONT ELEVATION: curtain wall to centre contrived to appear ruinous at parapet, pointed-arch entrance, arrow-slit openings; tower house to left with saddleback-roofed stair tower and lower lean-to.

Statement of Special Interest

The 1837 estate map shows evidence of buildings on this site, presumed to be the older parts of the present complex; the 1st edition of the OS map (1864) appears to show the buildings in their present form. The

Towers is an integral part of the Dougarie hunting lodge group, but differs markedly in style from the kennels at Brodick Castle (also listed), another property developed by the Dukes of Hamilton.



Estate map (1837), at Dougarie; 1st edition OS map (surveyed 1864).

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.

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