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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 29/10/1982


  • Local Authority: Highland
  • Planning Authority: Highland
  • Burgh: Tain

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NH 77958 82136
  • Coordinates: 277958, 882136


Andrew Maitland and Sons, 1874-76. Renaissance former Town Hall. Ashlar 2 storey, 2 bay gable front to Tower Street with recessed centre entrance at head of flight steps under convex columned and arched arcade supporting balcony. Large round arched opening above; narrow side bays with windows in recessed panels to ground floor. Mullioned and transomed to ground floor: circular tracery to 1st floor windows under hoodmoulds with arcaded gable. Pinnacles above, and central niche. 5 round headed 2-light mullion and transom windows set in oblong recessed panels to west elevation. Slate roof with tiled cresting.

Statement of Special Interest

Property of Royal Hotel Tain. Converted for use as Picturehouse Cinema in the 1920s.

List Description updated as part of the Cinemas Thematic Study 2007-08.



INVERNESS ADVERTISER, Jan 20, 1876. - website accessed 21.01.08

About Designations

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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 is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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