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Dunstaffnage Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Oban North and Lorn, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.4546 / 56°27'16"N

Longitude: -5.4375 / 5°26'15"W

OS Eastings: 188273

OS Northings: 734453

OS Grid: NM882344

Mapcode National: GBR DCYN.J3V

Mapcode Global: WH0GD.F1X6

Entry Name: Dunstaffnage Castle

Scheduled Date: 28 April 1920

Last Amended: 23 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90120

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Kilmore and Kilbride

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban North and Lorn

Traditional County: Argyllshire


Later 19th century. 2-storey classical villa, now sub-divided, 3 bay near-symmetrical principal front with additional bay and lower service wing set back to W. Stugged, squared and snecked sandstone walls, with polished ashlar dressings and details, rendered rear walls. Battered base course articulated at bay windows and steps, rusticated at foot, string and cill courses at 1st floor, bracketted frieze and cornice at eaves.

S (PRINCIPAL) FRONT: 3-bay section, quatrostyle portico at centre over ashlar steps, columns with capitals and bases supporting full entablature with perforated and corniced parapet; plain surround to entrance door, flanking narrow lights with stone panelled aprons. 6-panel, 2-leaf timber entrance doors with plate glass fixed lights around. Inner door with etched glass upper panel, glazed and panelled screen around with stained glass leaded upper lights. Flanking canted projecting windows, each with cornice and parapet matching portico, 3-light canted to left, slightly projecting rectangular tripartite window to right. Segmentally-arched and lugged windows at 1st floor. Single bay projecting to left, set back, bipartite window at ground floor with projecting cill, plain window dressings.

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: 3 bays with single bay projection and service wing to left of centre. Narrow window centring 1st floor, windows at ground and 1st floor.

E ELEVATION: 3-light, canted window at ground floor left, tripartite window projecting slightly at bay to right. Segmental-arched windows with lugged architraves at 1st floor.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: rectangular stair tower projecting at centre with mullioned and transomed window. 2 narrow windows at 1st floor right bay, modern window and lean-to porch at ground floor. Modern access stair to 1st floor flat in bay to left. Ashlar eaves course. Blank wall to W projection, single window at 1st floor rear of service wing, random rubble single storey L-plan outhouse with coal cellars projecting to N.

Plate glass timber sash and case windows at all original openings except 8-pane to rear of service wing and Stained glass stair window. Grey slate piended roofs to main block (with platform), service wing and outhouse. Profiled cast-iron gutter to rear elevation, square cast-iron downpipe with decorative brackets to W elevation. Ashlar stacks, paired at centre of main roof, and centring W walls of projecting bay and service wing, all with bases and corniced with string course below, modillioned square cans.

INTERIOR: original fittings remaining in most rooms including gold columns with decorative capitals in entrance hall, and panelled timber doors and dado panelling.

BOUNDARY WALLS: random rubble wall to road with ashlar cope, square, stugged, ashlar gatepiers to E and W ends with bracketted and corniced pyramidal caps. Ornate 2-leaf cast-iron gates with additional pedestrian gate to left of W gate. Random rubble retaining wall to N of house, stone stair with wrought-iron handrail adjacent to outhouse. Random rubble boundary walls to N, E, and W, those to E and W with crenellated rubble copes.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well preserved 13th-century castle. It has a long history as an outpost of Royal authority in Argyll, either as a Royal castle or through the Earls of Argyll. It has seen continuous and varied use up until the start of the nineteenth century. Its archaeology has the potential to add greatly to our knowledge of a long period of the history of Argyll. Its importance is reflected in its status as a property in state care.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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