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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 14/05/1971


  • Local Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Planning Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Parish: Cardross

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNS 31582 78569
  • Coordinates231582, 678569


Probably 16th or 17th century. Tall D-plan tower built at base of cliff against cliff face. Red sandstone rubble with harl-pointing, some later patching. Entrance on SW elevation, large door with cement lintel; loopholes, arrowslit windows; defensive in nature. Later large opening at upper stage on NW, brick infill at lintel, modern cill. Circular-plan in interior; joist holes indicate formerly 2 floors; modern plywood platform. Low felt conical roof.

Statement of Special Interest

The tower is a Scheduled Monument. The exact date and function of the tower is unknown, but the masonry details and location suggest an early date and a defensive/watch tower function. The tower was later incorporated into the landscaping of Ardmore, and there was formerly a cliff path and woodland walks in the areas of the tower. The circular- plan structure directly above on top of cliff may be related, but appears later in date.



OS 1st edition 1854. W C Maughan ANNALS OF GARELOCHSIDE (1897).

F A Walker and F Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY (1992) pp63-64. Preliminary survey notes of Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland (C Kernan).

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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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