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Camregan Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Girvan and South Carrick, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.2501 / 55°15'0"N

Longitude: -4.8095 / 4°48'34"W

OS Eastings: 221517

OS Northings: 598704

OS Grid: NX215987

Mapcode National: GBR 42.C8W2

Mapcode Global: WH2QS.391J

Entry Name: Camregan Castle

Scheduled Date: 31 July 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5403

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Dailly

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Girvan and South Carrick

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument consists of the remains of a 13th-century castle said to have been the residence of the Cathcart family.

It is situated on a level platform on the side of a hill. The Camregan Glen cuts into the hillside and protects the W side of the site with its steep banks. In addition to the natural slope of the hill, the NE bank is defended by a ditch and rampart. The ditch is 6m below the platform edge. The rampart is 4m from the edge of the bank. It is 11m thick and 5m high. The SE portion is cut off from the upper slope by a ditch (3m thick and 3m below the platform). The platform is approximately rectangular, aligned NW-SE and measures 30m by 20m. A courtyard wall encloses the platform. Little upstanding survives on the site: however, the stone wall footings of three buildings are traceable. There is a section of mortared masonry 2.8m high, 1.6m

long and 0.8m thick in the NW portion of the platform.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular and measures a maximum of 80m NW-SE by 45m NE-SW to include the castle and earthworks, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a defensive structure of thirteenth century date which has the potential to preserve archaeological evidence for defensive architecture, land use and material culture during the medieval period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NX29NW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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