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Fincharn Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Argyll, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.1853 / 56°11'7"N

Longitude: -5.3881 / 5°23'17"W

OS Eastings: 189842

OS Northings: 704356

OS Grid: NM898043

Mapcode National: GBR FD2C.GQK

Mapcode Global: WH1JQ.6SHM

Entry Name: Fincharn Castle

Scheduled Date: 30 March 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5276

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Glassary

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Mid Argyll

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument consists of the remains of a medieval hall house which is built on a rocky promontory close to the S end of Loch Awe.

The two-storeyed, rough random rubble-built structure is rectangular on plan and measures 12.1m NW-SE by 5.3m inside walls 1.4m to 2.1m thick. The walls are fairly intact (apart from the W angle which has fallen); portions survive to a height of 6-7m. Both the ground and upper floors were supported on beams. There are two remaining square- headed slit windows with wide internal splays in the NE portion of walling (one in each level). Traces of windows in the upper floor indicate that the remainder had round arched heads. The door is in the NW gable with a draw-bar hole in the side nearer the E corner. The angles are rounded on the exterior.

The area to be scheduled is irregular and measures a maximum of 40m E-W by 70m N-S, to include the castle and an area surrounding it which contains evidence of occupation activity, 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 good example of a medieval hall house which preserves evidence and has the potential to provide further evidence through excavation, for defensive architecture and material culture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 80 SE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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