Scheduled Monument

Trabboch CastleSM5281

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Secular: castle
Local Authority
East Ayrshire
NS 45833 22136
245833, 622136


The monument consists of the remains of a strong tower which may date from the fourteenth century.

The ruins are situated on a raised mound S of the Glenstang Burn. All that survives above ground is the W angle of a building with massive walls 2m thick, now standing to only 3m high. The NW wall measures 9.5m long and the SW portion is 13.6m externally. To the SE of the upstanding section there is a grass-covered mound covering a buried structure. No windows or entrances survive in the upstanding portion. There are ditches to the S and W which appear to be of natural origin, although possibly utilised as part of the castle's defences.

The area to be scheduled is circular and has a maximum diameter of 40m to include the castle, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as a medieval fortified site that preserves evidence, and has the potential to provide furher evidence through excavation, for defensive architecture, domestic occupation and material culture during the period of its use.



RCAHMS records the monument as NS42SE 1.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for the designation of buildings, monuments, gardens and designed landscapes and historic battlefields. We also advise Scottish Ministers on the designation of historic marine protected areas.

Scheduling is the way that a monument or archaeological site of national importance is recognised by law through the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments of national importance using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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