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Status: Designated


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  • Category: C
  • Date Added: 04/05/2006


  • Local Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Planning Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Parish: Dunoon And Kilmun
  • National Park: Loch Lomond And The Trossachs

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NS 18884 87470
  • Coordinates: 218884, 687470


Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

The ferry house at Ardentinny is a distinctive and notable building, despite its diminutive size. Probably dating from the early 1800s, it is a visible reminder of the importance of Ardentinny as a ferry port until the earlier 19th century. The ferry house, a small rectangular-plan rubble structure, also makes a significant contribution to the streetscape.

This ferry house appears to date to the use of Ardentinny as a ferry point, connecting with Coulport on the opposite side of Loch Long. It is thought to have been used as a waiting place for ferrymen when ferries ran on demand. The route was important in the transfer of fish and supplies from Loch Fyne to Glasgow, served by a new road from Strachur built in c.1805 (Haldane, 1962, 67).

Later, it is likely that the building was also used as a waiting room when passengers were rowed out to the steamer which ran between Lochgoilhead and Dunoon. By the time of the 1st edition OS map there is no mention of a ferry point at Ardentinny.

The ferry house is a simple rectangular-plan structure. To the road it is single-storey with a single entrance reached by two stone steps. To the seaward side there are two openings. The upper one is reached by a modern timber external stair. Below this is a low door which accesses the lower room.

The Ferry House was renovated in recent years, which involved the addition of the external stair and rooflights. At the same time the stone jetty was concreted and extended. It is presently (2004) used for storage by the Ardentinny Outdoor Centre.

Materials: stone rubble with cement pointing. Slate roof with overhanging eaves. Stone stacks with modern clay cans.



Ordnance Survey 1st edition (c1863) and 2nd edition (c1898). Haldane, ARB, New Ways Through The Glens (1962); Walker, FA, Buildings of Scotland: Argyll and Bute (2000), 113; Information courtesy of local resident (2004).

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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