Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
ND 17395 30541
317395, 930541


House; early-mid 19th century, long single storey traditional Caithness croft house of long-house type. All whitewashed rubble. 7 irregular bays comprising 4 doors, 3 windows. Byre in extreme east bay and 2-stalled stable in west bay. Small, 4-paned windows close under eaves; 2 diminutive windows, 1 lighting stable, in rear. 2 renewed ridge stacks; rush thatched roof.

Interior; early 20th century subdivision of living space, now comprising long centre room further subdivided into two by box beds, and kitchen with dairy abutting byre. Flagged floors to living areas, and cobbled to byre and stable. Single pair of jointed crucks survive in kitchen.

Barn; rubble, with long sides east and west. Near centre door in west elevation; blocked winnowing door; 3 pairs jointed crucks; flagged floor.

Statement of Special Interest

Laidhay crofted by Bethune family from 1842-1968. Established and furnished as Caithness Croft Museum circa 1976.



Geoffrey Stell and Donald Omand, THE CAITHNESS CROFT (1976)

Ed. John R. Baldwin, CAITHNESS, A CULTURAL CROSSROADS, (1982) pp.86-115.

About 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 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.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but 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. 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.

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