Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 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. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000020 - See Notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
National Park
Loch Lomond And The Trossachs
NN 53527 20837
253527, 720837


Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

Later 19th century. Single storey, 3-bay reading room or library (now tea room) built from timber, on a stone base, with a red tile roof and shouldered brick chimney stack. The principal elevation has a central gabled porch, to each side of which are large windows with moulded timber margins. There are 3 steps up to the porch.

Interior: the interior has been fitted out to an exceptionally high standard relative to the modest function and external appearance of the building. The principal feature is the beautifully-executed timber braced-arch ceiling with turned braces and kingposts. There is also a roll-moulded chimneypiece with green tile insets which is flanked by recessed arched bookcases. The whole room is walled with tongue and groove panelling. The front door is timber panelled with a border-glazed upper section.

Statement of Special Interest

B-Group with Parish Church, Former School and Schoolhouse, and Ardachaidh. This building was erected by a wealthy local landowner, David Carnegie, for the benefit of his employees and the local community. It is unusual for a building of this type to survive in such good condition. The dolls-house proportions of the exterior give the building a considerable amount of charm and character, and, since it occupies a prominent position at the heart of Balquhidder, it makes a very positive contribution to the streetscape.

David Carnegie had made his fortune from banking, sugar refining and brewing in Sweden, and purchased the Stronvar estate in 1848, where he rebuilt Stronvar House. He then commenced to make a number of improvements in the area, including building the school, church, library and house next door to the library, which is believed to have been the Post Office. David Carnegie should not be confused with the millionaire Andrew Carnegie, who endowed a large number of Scottish libraries in the early 20th century.

The library was restored in about 1999 and is now used as a tea room.



Shown on 2nd Edition OS map (1898). Information courtesy of the owner (2005).

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. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. 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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