Scheduled Monument

Calda House, house 475m SE of Ardvreck Castle, InchnadamphSM6533

Status: Designated


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Secular: manor house
Local Authority
NC 24387 23348
224387, 923348


Calda House, locally known as "the White House", is a double-piled, M-gabled mansion house that stands on the E shore of Loch Assynt.

The house was built in c. 1725 as a successor to Ardvreck Castle, by Kenneth MacKenzie of Assynt. It is described as having 14 bedchambers "with the conveniency of chimnies or fireplaces". This building was destroyed by fire in 1737. Calda is thought to derive its style from Bernera Barracks in Glenelg and was the forerunner of other early 18th-century laird's houses in the NW such as Flowerdale, Gairloch and Applecross House.

The area to be scheduled extends 5m out from the walls of the building on all sides, as indicated in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

Calda House is of national importance as one of the first examples of a 18th century mansion of symmetrical plan elevation to have been built in the NW Highlands.




Beaton, E. (1995) Sutherland: An Illustrated Architectural Guide, 104 and 105.

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