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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: C
  • Date Added: 04/05/2006


  • Local Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Planning Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Parish: Dunoon And Kilmun
  • National Park: Loch Lomond And The Trossachs

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNS 18884 87470
  • Coordinates218884, 687470


Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

The ferry house at Ardentinny is a distinctive and notable building, despite its diminutive size. Probably dating from the early 1800s, it is a visible reminder of the importance of Ardentinny as a ferry port until the earlier 19th century. The ferry house, a small rectangular-plan rubble structure, also makes a significant contribution to the streetscape.

This ferry house appears to date to the use of Ardentinny as a ferry point, connecting with Coulport on the opposite side of Loch Long. It is thought to have been used as a waiting place for ferrymen when ferries ran on demand. The route was important in the transfer of fish and supplies from Loch Fyne to Glasgow, served by a new road from Strachur built in c.1805 (Haldane, 1962, 67).

Later, it is likely that the building was also used as a waiting room when passengers were rowed out to the steamer which ran between Lochgoilhead and Dunoon. By the time of the 1st edition OS map there is no mention of a ferry point at Ardentinny.

The ferry house is a simple rectangular-plan structure. To the road it is single-storey with a single entrance reached by two stone steps. To the seaward side there are two openings. The upper one is reached by a modern timber external stair. Below this is a low door which accesses the lower room.

The Ferry House was renovated in recent years, which involved the addition of the external stair and rooflights. At the same time the stone jetty was concreted and extended. It is presently (2004) used for storage by the Ardentinny Outdoor Centre.

Materials: stone rubble with cement pointing. Slate roof with overhanging eaves. Stone stacks with modern clay cans.

Statement of Special Interest



Ordnance Survey 1st edition (c1863) and 2nd edition (c1898). Haldane, ARB, New Ways Through The Glens (1962); Walker, FA, Buildings of Scotland: Argyll and Bute (2000), 113; Information courtesy of local resident (2004).

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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Enquiries relating to works to listed buildings should be made to the local authority in the first instance. Listed building consent is required for works which a local authority considers will affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest and local authorities also decide if listed building consent is required.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The local authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see

Legislation introduced on 1 October 2015 allows us to state that: an object or structure fixed to the listed building; any object or structure within the curtilage of the listed building; and, any part or feature of the listed building that is not of architectural or historic interest may be excluded from a listing. If part of your building is not listed under the new legislation, the part will be excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

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