Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


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

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. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. 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.

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