Listed Building

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 – see ‘About Listed Buildings’ below for more information.


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
Saddell And Skipness
NR 78906 31545
178906, 631545


Dated 1508. Restored 1650-2 and in 1890's.

KEEP: Oblong. 4 storeys. Harled. Gabled slate roof; crowsteps. Crenellated and corbelled parapet. Angle-turrets. Cape-house. Doorway with rope-moulding; inset over with date '1508'. Inset, above, of Galley of Lorne. Interior refitted c. 1650. Turnpike stair. Barrel-vaulted ground floor. Kitchen and Hall on 1st floor. Small apartments on upper floors.

OUTBUILDINGS. Of various kinds. Rubble; roofless. Mainly of late 18th and early 19th cents.

CURTAIN WALLS: Harled. Round archway (1 with insets over with date MDCCCXCV) and belfry above).

Statement of Special Interest

Derelict. Built for David Hamilton, Bishop of Argyll (1506-23) when Abbey lands were annexed to Bishopric. Burned by Earl of Sussex 1558. Given in 1650 by Marquis of Argyll to William Ralston of that Ilk, (the pioneer of the plantation of Lowland lairds in Kintyre) who restored it.



Groome's Gazetteer A McKerral 'Kintyre' Argyll C.C. 'List' C & D Arch Vol III pp 197-200 (plans, ill) Country Life. Sept. 19, 1947 p.572 (ill) INV 313 RCAHMS.

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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