Scheduled Monument

Fincharn CastleSM5276

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Secular: castle; hall
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
NM 89842 4356
189842, 704356


The monument consists of the remains of a medieval hall house which is built on a rocky promontory close to the S end of Loch Awe.

The two-storeyed, rough random rubble-built structure is rectangular on plan and measures 12.1m NW-SE by 5.3m inside walls 1.4m to 2.1m thick. The walls are fairly intact (apart from the W angle which has fallen); portions survive to a height of 6-7m. Both the ground and upper floors were supported on beams. There are two remaining square- headed slit windows with wide internal splays in the NE portion of walling (one in each level). Traces of windows in the upper floor indicate that the remainder had round arched heads. The door is in the NW gable with a draw-bar hole in the side nearer the E corner. The angles are rounded on the exterior.

The area to be scheduled is irregular and measures a maximum of 40m E-W by 70m N-S, to include the castle and an area surrounding it which contains evidence of occupation activity, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because it is a good example of a medieval hall house which preserves evidence and has the potential to provide further evidence through excavation, for defensive architecture and material culture.



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 80 SE 2.

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