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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: B
  • 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 18779 88519
  • Coordinates218779, 688519


Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

The walled garden at Glenfinart is a good example of an early 19th century walled garden and an unusual shape, with a bowed E wall and a curved SW corner. It contributes to the remains of the estate of Glenfinart.

Glenfinart House was built c1837 on the site of a residence of the earls of Dunmore. The walled garden probably dates to this period. What survives of the garden is a large wall c3m high of rubble with flat sandstone capstones. There are 2 main entrances, to the W and to the S. The 1st edition OS map shows the main range of buildings on the N wall with greenhouses on the interior. However, none of the greenhouses survives and the brick buildings are ruinous. The shape of the walled garden is unusual ' the SW corner is curved as the river cuts off the corner. The E wall is a long, curved wall. Immediately to the N of the N wall is a water feature, with a roughly formed vault over a stream.

Statement of Special Interest

The New Statistical Account of c1845 refers to the 'extensive and beautiful plantations' of Archibald Douglas at Glenfinart (Vol 7, 586), which suggests that by then quite formal gardens had been established. On the 1st edition map a number of other structures are associated with the walled garden, including what appears to be a fernery or palm house to the W (now demolished).

The estate was purchased by the Leschallas family in 1895-6 and work was carried out to the house and surroundings. The OS map of c1898 shows more extensive greenhouses within the walled garden.



Ordnance Survey 1st edition (c1863) and 2nd edition (c1898); New Statistical Account For Scotland; Davis, M., The Lost Mansions of Argyll, nd, 42. Walker, F A and Sinclair, F, North Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide (1992), 138; Walker, F A, Buildings of Scotland: Argyll and Bute (2000), 113; Buildings of Scotland notes.

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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

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