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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
National Park
Loch Lomond And The Trossachs
NS 10247 99065
210247, 699065


Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

Balliemore Farm is an example of a late 18th century or early 19th century farmhouse with earlier 19th century barn and other outbuildings. The farm reflects the relative rarity of farm buildings of such a date in the area, with a formal farmhouse and courtyard retaining much of its original character and a barn with the remains of a water-powered threshing mill.

Balliemore consists of a central piend-roofed 3-bay 2-storey farmhouse with single storey wings to either side and a fully-enclosed courtyard of single-storey outbuildings to the rear. Further to the SE is a large L-plan barn. There are also 2 large late 20th century corrugated iron and timber barns

A farm existed at Balliemore for some time before the present farmhouse was built. A number of buildings are marked clearly on maps of c1747 and 1801 (Roy's Military Survey, Langlands). The New Statistical Account records that the 'Mansion House' at Balliemore had been built since the last account (c1792). The proportions of the house certainly suggest a date late in the 18th or early in the 19th century.

The NE-facing central farmhouse, piend-roofed and entirely of rubble, has a piend-roofed entrance porch with a single small window. Above this is a central casement window, longer than the others on the elevation. To the rear the fenestration is irregular, with a large stair widow slightly off-centre. Above this is a single small gabled dormer. The side elevations are dominated by large shouldered stacks, with a single window on the SE.

To the sides of the main elevation are two low wings, that to the NW providing access to the courtyard from the front. A single storey, late 20th century extension connects the rear of the house and the rear of the SE wing.

Interior: the interior of the farmhouse has been substantially modernised. However, the original stair, with timber balustrade, remains.

Materials: painted whin rubble walls. Graded grey slate roofs to main house. Predominantly timber sash and case windows. 12-pane and 4-pane. Central casement window on front elevation.

Courtyard: the remaining three sides of the courtyard are built up, with just a narrow entrance at the SE end of the SW range. It is likely that the SE and NW ranges were built with the house. The SW range, parallel to the house, is thought to be the earlier house, although it has been altered to form a wide opening and probably shortened to allow access to the courtyard.

The SE range is a piend-roofed byre, with narrow slit vents to the courtyard elevation and concrete stalls within. Parallel and to the SE of this is a 20th century brick shed. The NW and SW range are piend-roofed, with irregularly-disposed openings. The SW range was used as a Smiddy, with a bothy to the NW end. The NW range was a stable.

Barn: to the SE of the house and courtyard is the large L-plan barn with corrugated asbestos roofs. Although some alterations have been carried out to this, it retains opposing large segmental-arched doors for hand-threshing and narrow slit-vents. To the SE wall is the remains of a water-wheel, formerly fed by a flume from the W. A threshing mill survives on the upper floor.

Boundary Walls: rubble boundary walls along the entrance drive.

Statement of Special Interest

According to the present owner the house was built for Thomas Harkness, a sheep farmer known as 'Gall Ruadh'. To the N of the house is a late 19th century sheep fank. The original fank was closer to the road.



Roy's military Survey, Sheet 13/3f (c1747); Langlands, G, Map of Argyllshire (1801), Ordnance Survey 1st edition (1866) and 2nd edition (c1898); New Statistical Account, (c1843), Vol vii, 106; Information Courtesy of the owner (2004).

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