Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
HY 43374 48206
343374, 1048206


Late 18th century. 2-storey; rectangular-plan; house with crowstepped gable to W and single storey addition to E (gable altered, partially with concrete coping on this side). Coursed rubble; limewashed at W end.

S ELEVATION: near central entrance with plain timber door. Small inserted window to left; enlarged window with cement architrave to outer left; 2 window to right. 4 windows to 1st floor.

N ELEVATION: entrance to left of centre; boarded timber door. Window to right; blocked former window to outer right. 2 windows to left of centre to 1st floor.

W ELEVATION: 2 windows to 1st floor of gable end.

E ELEVATION: gable end of single storey addition projects to left of centre; entrance to left. Window set back to right of gable end of main block. Window to left of 1st floor; former window to right (blocked).

Mixture of 4-light timber sash and case windows, 2 and 4-light top hung casements and 4 and 6-light fixed frame windows (timber boards to those to W). Stone slate roof (stone flags to single storey addition). Gablehead stacks to either end (E and W); ridge stack to centre; all with band courses; cans largely missing (some round cans to gablehead stack to E).

Statement of Special Interest

Formerly listed as Breckaskaill Farmhouse. A relatively intact late 18th century dwelling, probably originally a farmhouse. Its 2 storeys indicate a building of some standing for this date.



OS map, 1878.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

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

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the 1997 Act. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect subsequent legislation.

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