Dated 1834. Substantial later 19th century Scottish Renaissance
house incorporating late 18th and earlier 19th century portions
at north and east. Mainly 2-storeys over raised basement, with
6 irregular bays in re-cast south frontage. All harled with
tooled ashlar margins and dressings.
Earliest portion of house is at east and north, with east
entrance masked by later 19th century square crenellated
tower porch approach by flight steps. 3-bay north facade
with centre wallhead gable and apex stack, linked to continuous
west later 19th century extension by high round-headed recessed
bay. Re-used pediment in south gable, re-cut 1834 datestone
and later raising of upper floor windows through wallhead in
House re-cast to south in late 19th century with main centre
entrance in base of 3-storey square, crenellated tower with
exaggerated angle bartizan. Round-headed hoodmoulded doorway,
flanked at right by gable of earlier house and to left by late
19th century gabled wing with angle window in ground floor.
Mainly 4-pane glazing; ornate carved Gothic Revival door in
east entrance; band courses; crowsteps; apex ball finials;
corniced end ridge and wallhead stacks; slate roofs.
Interior; ornate cornices in some rooms.
Statement of Special Interest
A "mansion" in 1884. Commanding position overlooking Scrabster
and Thurso Bay, on site of former Scrabster Castle, seat of the
Bishops of Caithness.
Ornate carved door in east entrance said to have come from
Thurso Castle, 1872-78 (now ruinous).
This entrance used as main entry up to later 19th century (1st
ed. OS. 1872).