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Montfode Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Ardrossan and Arran, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.658 / 55°39'28"N

Longitude: -4.821 / 4°49'15"W

OS Eastings: 222630

OS Northings: 644103

OS Grid: NS226441

Mapcode National: GBR 32.JP26

Mapcode Global: WH2NT.X1GV

Entry Name: Montfode Castle

Scheduled Date: 25 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5816

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Ardrossan

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ardrossan and Arran

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument consists of the remains of Montfode Castle, a fortified tower of sixteenth-century date.

The structure is situated on a level piece of ground on the W bank of the Montfode burn. All that remains upstanding of the original castle which is thought to have been built on the Z-plan is a circular tower

at the N angle and part of the S wall. The area wherein the castle

stood is level and no evidence of masonry is apparent. The random

rubble tower has had four storeys and is about 8m high. Its internal diameter is 2.3m with walls 0.7-0.8m thick. The S wall (1.4m thick

and 7m high) extends for 2.6m and contains one slit window. The

tower's square-headed entrance is in the SE. There are three slit windows and a shot hole (at ground level) in the N wall. There was probably a newel staircase in the tower.

The area to be scheduled is a parallelogram and measures a maximum of 120m E-W by 80m N-S to include the tower and a surrounding area which

is very likely to contain buried remains of outlying structures, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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