Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Na h-Eileanan Siar
Planning Authority
Na h-Eileanan Siar
NB 18942 10534
118942, 910534


White rendered 2-storey and attic hunting lodge dated 1863. Compact block broken by advanced gables and tall, narrow tower. Plain elevations relieved by uniformly placed windows with imported yellow ashlar dressings including chamfered window surrounds, crowstepped gables with ball finials, corniced ashlar tripartite box window to S and Gibbsian doorpiece with datestone.

Principal (S) elevation overlooking Ardvourlie Bay towards Seaforth Island consists of advanced gable to left with central window at each floor including round-headed attic window; 2-storey middle section with box window and tall, narrow 3-stage tower set back to right with entrance door. Service court to rear (partly enclosed by wall) of L-plan single storey range of exposed stone and imported slate.

Timber sash and case windows replaced with modern top-hung timber effect windows, attic light retaining sash and case window with 8-pane glazing; replacement door. Ashlar stacks, grey slate roof. Interior detailing includes panelled shutters and doors, and cornice work.

Terraced garden at front and slipway, rubble-built driveway bridge to N of house, stream which it crosses runs into underground tunnel, stone-lintelled either end and evidently part of the designed policies.

Statement of Special Interest

Ardvourlie, reportedly 'the headland below the high peak' stands on the shores of Loch Seaforth with the crags of Clisham behind. Built as a lodge for the North Harris Estate by the Earl of Dunmore. The building has been used as a school and chapel and is now a private home (2004). It also featured in the BBC's Gaelic drama series 'Machair'. The use of narrow advanced bays with crowstepped gables and tall tower combined with its situation and setting makes this building a commanding if relatively plainly detailed one. It is interesting to compare it to the Earl of Dunmore's Scottish Baronial mansion house of Amhuinnsuidhe. Rendered in recent times (possible exposed rubble previously as on rear wing).



Gifford, J. Highlands and Islands (1992) p.597; information courtesy of the owner (2004).

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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