Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 79717 89619
279717, 889619


Circa 1500, substantially rebuilt after 1570 fire at which

date upper part of tower with angle bartizans built,

extensive alterations and additions 1813-14 and 1880. Rubble-

built, techniques varying at different periods, some ashlar

dressings. 5-storey tower (formerly SW tower of castle

complex) with stair turret at SE door at base of turret with roll-moulded architrave; some windows enlarged in 19th

century; corbelled angle bartizans unusually deepl

projecting at SW possibly with mutilated carved stone at

base of corbelling and reset in 19th century recasting;

gabletted crowsteps. coped apex stacks. Prior to 1813 tower

linked to 1, 2 and 3-storey ranges of which that part of the

S facing raised 2-storey range with the large 16th century

stack (to serve vaulted kitchens) survives. 1813-14 castle

adapted to use as court, possible lower part of block

attached to S gable of tower added and Gothic door added

opening onto terrace, parts of courtyard to N demolished.

Circa 1880 NS facing range and SW block raised and gabletted

dormers inserted; conical roofed stair turret on N face

possible added at this date; 3-storey E tower probably 1880s.

Roofs slated.

Interior: little of note remains; vaulted ground floor, some

16th/17th moulded doorpieces, vestiges of nook shafts,

possibly supporting earlier fireplace canopy; later 18th

century chimneypiece.

Statement of Special Interest

Originally episcopal palace gifted by Bishop Robert Stewart

to John, 11th Earl of Sutherland in 1557. Dated 1814 with

arms Duchess/Countess of Sutherland. Used in 19th century

as jail, court house and school. By 1881 "refitted and

refurbished as quaint dwelling place for English sportsmen".

Became hotel in 1947.




OF SCOTLAND (1887) ii pp.336-37. Groome ORDNANCE GAZETTEER

OF SCOTLAND (1883) ii, p.362. Nigel Tranter, THE FORTIFIED

HOUSE IN SCOTLAND, v, (1970) pp.174-5.

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.

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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.

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