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Trabboch Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Doon Valley, East Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.4687 / 55°28'7"N

Longitude: -4.4403 / 4°26'25"W

OS Eastings: 245833

OS Northings: 622136

OS Grid: NS458221

Mapcode National: GBR 3J.XKPN

Mapcode Global: WH3QX.RTS0

Entry Name: Trabboch Castle

Scheduled Date: 17 March 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5281

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Stair

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Doon Valley

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument consists of the remains of a strong tower which may date from the fourteenth century.

The ruins are situated on a raised mound S of the Glenstang Burn. All that survives above ground is the W angle of a building with massive walls 2m thick, now standing to only 3m high. The NW wall measures 9.5m long and the SW portion is 13.6m externally. To the SE of the upstanding section there is a grass-covered mound covering a buried structure. No windows or entrances survive in the upstanding portion. There are ditches to the S and W which appear to be of natural origin, although possibly utilised as part of the castle's defences.

The area to be scheduled is circular and has a maximum diameter of 40m to include the castle, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a medieval fortified site that preserves evidence, and has the potential to provide furher evidence through excavation, for defensive architecture, domestic occupation and material culture during the period of its use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS42SE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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