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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: A
  • Date Added: 20/07/1971


  • Local Authority: Highland
  • Planning Authority: Highland
  • Parish: Ardnamurchan

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NM 50274 63101
  • Coordinates: 150274, 763101


13th century, with late 16th and 17th century alterations

and with further early 18th century additions within

courtyard. Rubble with ashlar dressings.

Irregular 6-sided curtain wall, following outline of rocky

outcrop by shore, crenellated wallhead and wallwalk, which

underwent some alterations in late 16th century and

additions of 2 corbelled bartizans at SW and SE. Small

seaward (S) and landward (N) entrances, the latter

approached by causeway crossing defensive ditch. Various

small pointed-headed lancet windows survive from 13th

century, with paired example in north wall.

Within courtyard a 3-storey and attic, 4-bay range has been

constructed against the north wall during the 18th century,

with associated single storey range (probably kitchens)

against the west wall. Roofless 3-storey range has 2 rooms

of unequal size in each floor, divided by scale and plat


Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled Monument.

Commanding site overlooking the Sound of Mull.

Obscure early history, subsequently fought over by MacDonald

factions, besieged and taken by Alasdair MacDonald in 1644,

but in 1651 appears to have reverted to Campbells of Argyll.

Small force of Government troops sent to hold castle in

1745, and increased in 1746 to 59 officers and men.

Probably the 18th century blocks were constructed as

barracks to house troops. The attic storey of this block

is illustrated with dormers in drawing of 1734.




ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND, iii (1889), pp.42-46.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical

Monuments of Scotland, ARGYLL iii (1980), pp 209-217.

Stewart Cruden THE SCOTTISH CASTLE (1960, 2nd ed. 1981)

pp 38-40, 45-7.

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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