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Laight Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Doon Valley, East Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.3492 / 55°20'57"N

Longitude: -4.4459 / 4°26'45"W

OS Eastings: 245009

OS Northings: 608857

OS Grid: NS450088

Mapcode National: GBR 4J.52N4

Mapcode Global: WH3RH.PT32

Entry Name: Laight Castle

Scheduled Date: 23 March 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7690

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Dalmellington

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Doon Valley

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument comprises the foundations of a tower house which stand on a steep-sided spur above the Dunaskin Burn in Dunaskin Glen.

The turf-covered walls mark out a rectangular-shaped building with the surviving walling measuring 15m long on the N, 8m long on the E and 11m on the S. The remains of a staircase tower may be presented by the outline of a small structure on the N side of the building. To the N,W and S of the site steep cliffs mark the limits of the castle's defensive position while at the vulnerable E side lie the remains of a ditch, measuring 60m in length by 2.7m at maximum width, crossed at its centre by a causeway 3.5m wide.

The area to be scheduled is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 120m N-S by 90m E-W, to include the remains of the tower house, the ditch and associated earthworks and an area around them within which associated remains are expected to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of an early tower house, constructed in a position where defence was a primary consideration, which has the potential to add to our knowledge of fortified domestic architecture in general and the history of the Doon Valley area in particular.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS 40 NE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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