Scheduled Monument

Cadboll CastleSM5697

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Secular: castle
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 87851 77680
287851, 877680


The monument consists of the remains of Cadboll Castle, a substantial fortified residence probably dating from the sixteenth century with a late sixteenth or early seventeenth century addition to the E.

Cadboll Castle stands to the W of a recently restored laird's house which dates from the early 18th century. The main block of the L-shaped keep lies N-S and has a drum tower on the NW corner and a corbelled turret on the SE angle. Most of the wing projecting to the E has been demolished. The tower of two or three storeys is constructed in coursed rubble, with long and short quoins at the angles and ashlar dressings.

It measures 12m E-W by 16m N-S over walls 1.3m thick and about 7m to wall-head level. The first floor entrance, approached by a flight of steps, is in the re-entrant angle. An empty panel is set above the doorway. The first floor has three intact barrel-vaulted chambers lit by cruciform gun-loops. The basement is blind.

The area to be scheduled is irregular, extending 2m from the exterior walls of the castle, measuring a maximum of 16m E-W by 20m N-S, but excluding the farm track which passes by the W side, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because it is an interesting example of a strongly built keep dating from the 16th century, the ownership of which was probably linked to the Abbey of Fearn. In addition, the monument retains architectural evidence which provides evidence, and has the potential to provide further evidence through excavation, for defensive architecture and its subsequent decline, changes in the structure of society, patterns of land tenure, and material culture during the late Medieval and early modern period in Scotland.



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 87 NE 4.

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

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