Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NM 69757 47639
169757, 747639


Probably 15th century, remodelled in late 16th or early 17th

century, extensively restored, 1890, Alexander Ross,


Tall square castle, 2-storeys over vaulted undercroft. Rubble

with tooled ashlar dressings. Raised ground floor entrance in

south wall approached by (1890) forestair; over door a small

carved stone plaque with cable moulded border, carved stag

pursued by hound, with fish below. Corbelled wallhead with

corbelled bartizan turrets at SE and SW, and with

box-machiolation (of 15th century date but re-built in 1890

restoration) above doorway; restored gun loops. Some enlarged

windows (1890).

Interior; large fireplace in north wall of 1st floor hall

with carved stone plaque above lintel depicting figure of

kneeling woman holding disk or bowl in right hand and flask

under left arm, with beehive shaped object (pitcher?) in top

left corner. Newel stair of 17th century date leads to 2nd

and further stair to wallhead.

Statement of Special Interest

Probably built in 15th century by one of the MacLeans of

Duart. Captured in 1644 by detachment of 400 men from

Royalist army led by Alasdair MacDonald, who supported

Montrose. Purchased in 1730 by Sir Alexander Murray of

Stanhope, but not used as dwelling.

Badly cracked and in very poor condition when purchased with

Ardtornish estate by T V Smith, and restored in 1890.

Commanding position on rocky ridge above Loch Aline.




OF SCOTLAND, iii (1989) pp. 167-9.

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of

Scotland, ARGYLL, iii (1980), pp. 2-5-8. Philip Gaskell,

MORVERN TRANSFORMED (1968, 2nd ed. 1980) p.167.

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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