Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

Dunain HouseLB8047

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Inverness And Bona
NH 62759 42368
262759, 842368


Earlier-18th century, symmetrical two-storey house over raised basement, five-bay south front, recast with extensive 1872 side and rear additions. All white harled with ashlar dressings and margins.

Original house with paired outer bays in south front. Central corniced door reached by much altered double stair oversailing raised basement. Wide band course links raised basement windows narrower course between tall ground and first floor windows, the latter linked by lintel-eaves band. 12-pane glazing pattern. Moulded eaves cornice, stepped blocking course. Wide coped end chimneystacks.

Extensive asymmetrical additions and principal entrance re-cast to north elevation. Wide entrance porch masked by crenellated porte-cochere. Gabled elevation with (to west of entrance) mullioned and transomed stair window with shouldered lintels and canted oriel. Decorative pediments to dormers breaking wallhead. Two-pane glazing. Stepped and moulded string course. Two square towers with corbelled wallhead (and later truncated and capped roofs). Apex finials coped ridge stacks.

Statement of Special Interest

Dunain House was damaged by fire in September 2014. The exterior walls are largely complete to the wallhead and retain distinguishing stonework features. This includes moulded windows surrounds, dormer windows with decorative pediments, a crenelated porte-cochere, towers with corbelled wallheads and chimneystacks.

The building no longer has roofs or windows and the floors and internal walls appear to have largely collapsed. The previous listed building record written in 1983 notes some decorative plaster ceiling cornices survives and that the original staircase was removed during 1872 alterations.

The house was built before 1831 as a symmetrical two-storey, five-bay house for William Ballie. In 1872, it was owned by A. G. Dallas and extensive additions to the side and rear were added. There is a monogram 'AGD' for AG Dallas on the 1872 wing. There are further 20th century additions that were added when the building was used as an annex for the neighbouring Craig Dunain Hospital. The architects of the original house and the later additions are not currently known.

Category of listing changed from B to C and listed building record revised in 2020.




Ordnance Survey (surveyed 1866, published 1893) Inverness-shire - Mainland XI.12 (Combined). 1st Edition. 25 inches to one mile. Southampton: Ordnance Survey.

Ordnance Survey (revised 1903, published 1904) Inverness-shire - Mainland XI.12 (Dores; Inverness and Bona). 2nd Edition. 25 inches to one mile. Southampton: Ordnance Survey

Printed Sources

Directory of Gentlemen s Seats (1873) p.145.

Edinburgh Evening Courant (15 May 1869) To Let, Furnished. Dunain House. p.3

Inverness Courier (18 May 1831) Contractors Wanted. p.3.

Inverness Courier (08 April 1869) Death of W. Baillie Esq of Dunean. p.5.

Macleod, I. Craig Dunain Hospital - 1864-1964.

About Listed Buildings

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