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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 47648 36604
247648, 536604


Late 17th century with alterations in mid 18th century and early 19th century. 3-storey, L-plan tower house on a diminutive and very charming scale. Alterations to the tower, principally the addition of a generous round-ended stair turret to the re-entrant angle were carried out in the mid 18th century. Some interior fittings and alterations to the roofline in early 19th century. A marriage escutcheon over the door bears the initials of Patrick Houston and Margaret Gordon and the date 1674. Rubble built tower now painted, one and a half storey later wing to rear, rubble, partly rendered.

S elevation has blind ground floor, 2 generous 18th century single light windows to 1st and 2nd floors. Sash and case with 12-pane glazing. At the 2nd floor 2 angle turrets are corbelled out on widely spaced corbel stones. Originally these had individual roofs, they are now capped by the main roof, probably an early 19th century arrangement.

The main entrance is to the re-entrant angle entering at the 18th century stair tower, the dated panel has been reset above this door. 2 further entrances have been made probably in the 18th century to the ground floor main block at E and W. All window openings are single light, sash and case with small pane glazing. Flat skews to S block, crowsteps to N jamb. Good graded slate roofs.

Interior: vaulted ground floor, curved 18th century level stair with turned timber balusters runs the full-height of the tower. The 1st floor has mid 18th century chimneypieces and cornice work to its 2 chambers. To the 1st floor, a bolection moulded 17th century chimneypiece survives.

Statement of Special Interest

Isle Castle, though diminutive in size, is important as a very late example of towerhouse building. Change of category 25.3.93.



INVENTORY 493. MacGibbon and Ross, vol pp 353-356.

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. 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.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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