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Duke Murdoch's Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Trossachs and Teith, Stirling

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Latitude: 56.1808 / 56°10'50"N

Longitude: -4.462 / 4°27'43"W

OS Eastings: 247281

OS Northings: 701415

OS Grid: NN472014

Mapcode National: GBR 0Q.GKLL

Mapcode Global: WH3MF.FXH2

Entry Name: Duke Murdoch's Castle

Scheduled Date: 22 June 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5383

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Aberfoyle

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Trossachs and Teith

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument consists of a small fortified tower which is thought to date from the 14th-century.

Built on a rocky island close to the S shore of Loch Ard, it is known as Duke Murdoch's Castle as it was thought to have been built by Andrew Murdoch, Duke of Albany (uncle of James I of Scotland) or one of his ancestors. It is also known as Dundochill Castle. The decaying structure is rectangular on plan measuring approximately 14m E-W by

6.1m transversely. The walls are constructed in coarse random rubble with lime and gravel mortar. The wall (1.5m thick) is considerably reduced though portions in the S survive to a height of 3m. Much of the SW angle has fallen away. The interior is divided into two compartments. There is a doorway (1m wide) in the E wall which is approached from below by a short series of rough steps.

The area to be scheduled is irregular and measures a maximum of 55m E-W by 20m N-S to be centred on the castle, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a fortified site which may date to the fourteenth century. It preserves evidence and has the potential to provide further evidence, through analysis and excavation, for defensive architecture, Scottish medieval history and material culture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NN40SE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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