Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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ND 15801 28264
315801, 928264


Castle; late 16th/early 17th century, probably incorporating

earlier work, with considerable alterations and additions,

D & J Bryce, circa 1881.

All harled with ashlar margins and dressings.

Symmetrical NE front, 2 storeys and attic, 5 bays with

long angle bartizans with bellcast conical roofs. Later

19th century round-headed moulded doorpiece with cable

moulded hoodmould terminating with simulated knot flanked by

shot holes and at 1st floor, by bowed stair turrets

projecting at 1st floor level with decorative corbelled bases

and terminating in square gabled caphouses. Regular

fenestration to frontage, with small 3rd floor windows and 3

ornately pedimented dormers breaking wallhead. Sinclair arms

in panel set in right stair turret.

Square tower rises at NE angle with corbelled and crenellated

parapet rising above ridge line. Extensive asymmetrical

2-storey and attic additions at SE, with angle window and

turret, pedimented dormers and 1st floor oriel at NE. Mainly

12-pane glazing; margined end, ridge and wallhead stacks;

crowsteps; slate roofs.

Extensive crenellated retaining terrace wall forms U-shape

enclosure to castle, outlining peninsular site, with

occasional bartizan and round terminal piers.

Walled gardens and garden pavilion; 2 walled gardens flank

approach drive, each with coped rubble walls. That to south

has various re-used stone carvings including 17th century

chimney piece.

In north walled garden, later 19th century single storey,

wide 5-bay former laundry rubble with tooled dressings;

centre door with semi-circular fanlight; paired round-headed

windows in outer bays; paired windows in east gable;

multi-pane glazing; round dormer vents; corniced end stacks;

slate roof.

Statement of Special Interest

Formerly seat of Sinclairs of Dunbeath. Armorial shield

with Sinclair and Innes crests and motto "Via crucis, via

lucis, patientia vinco".




OF SCOTLAND, iv, (1892) pp. 371-2. D B Miller CAITHNESS

FIELD CLUB BULLETIN, vol.2, no.5 1979. pp.146-49.


ASSOCIATION CATALOGUE, (1907) P.18, D & J Bryce exhibition,

Royal Society of Arts, 1881.

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