Scheduled Monument

Cardrona TowerSM2784

Status: Designated


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


Date Added
Last Date Amended
Secular: pele house, peel tower
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 30095 37870
330095, 637870


The monument consists of a small whinstone rubble-built 16th-century L-shaped tower house, of two main storeys above a vaulted basement, and there was probably a garret in the roof space. The main body of the tower on each floor is occupied by a single room, and a spiral stair rises within the jamb, with the entracne at the base of this tower. The stair also gave access to a wall-walk along the south-west face. It occupies a terrace on the side of Cardrona Hill, overlooking the Tweed valley. A small declivity to it south-west probably indicates the likely site of the main courtyard associated with the tower; towards the southern end of this area there is a spring which probably supplied the tower with water.

The monument was first scheduled in 1969, but that scheduling was limited to the tower itself. The present re-scheduling includes the area likely to have been occupied by the principal courtyard associated with the tower.

The area to be scheduled is a rectangle of 70m NE-SW by 105m NW-SE, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.



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