Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
North Ayrshire
Planning Authority
North Ayrshire
West Kilbride
NS 19285 51471
219285, 651471


A 15th century or early 16th century Keep with a 17th

century house attached to it. Originally a morass stretched

round the castle with a protecting moat and rampart; Keep is

of small dimensions and contained four stories of which the

undermost is vaulted; main entrance on 1st floor from which

a wheel-stair in the thickness of the wall led to the top

where the parapet walk is protected by a battlement projected

on small corbels round three sides only. The 17th century

house addition has a staircase turret projecting in the middle

of the south side. The building is in good preservation

and was the home of the Hunter family until the Georgian

mansion was built. There were ranges of offices attached to

the castle which no longer exist, the site being now occupied

by a modern homestead, but the small courtyard on the south

side seems, however, to be old. What remains is a picturesque

range, with courtyards to north and south.



C. and D. Arch. vol. iii pp.194-196 Plans & Section Fig. 129 illustrations figs. 130 and 131

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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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