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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NS 28210 83009
228210, 683009


Earlier fabric substantially, reworked probably Robert Mylne in 1786

and by Peddie and Kinnear, 1877. 4-stage square battlemented (NE) corner tower retained when main castle demolished in 1957. Whinstone rubble, pink sandstone ashlar dressings and parapet. Battered base course, bipartite windows with pointed lights (now blinded), hoodmoulds to E, W and N elevations, corbelled and crenellated parapet.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 2-leaf door, window to 1st and 2nd stages; armorial crest to upper stage.

W AND N ELEVATIONS: window to ground, 1st and 2nd stages.

S ELEVATION: windows blocked.

Windows blinded.

Statement of Special Interest

Ardencaple Castle was originally the seat of the Clan MacAulay, who settled in the area in the 13th century. In the 17th century they sold off most of their land and eventually abandoned the castle as a roofless ruin. It was purchased by the 4th Duke of Argyll around 1765. The castle was substantially altered by the addition of a west wing made up of circular, banded towers with corbelled parapets probably by Robert Mylne in 1786. Peddie and Kinnear carried out further alterations in 1877, probably adding to Tudor details and parapet to this tower.



J Irving BOOK OF DUMBARTONSHIRE Vol 111, plate 111. Frank Arneil Walker with Fiona Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY AND ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1992).

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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.

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