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Balmacara House

Country House (19th Century), School (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Balmacara House

Classification Country House (19th Century), School (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Balmacara House School; Balmacara Estate; Balamacara House

Canmore ID 11844

Site Number NG82NW 14

NGR NG 80101 27701

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Lochalsh
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Skye And Lochalsh
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Recording Your Heritage Online

Balmacara House, c.1801 House built on a virgin site for Sir Hugh Innes, the original lofty dormered block - depicted by William Daniell in 1817 - still visible at the centre. Aggrandisement for subsequent owners included extensions by Ross & Joass in 1861 for Sir Alexander Matheson (he used this as his home in Lochalsh after Inverinate House burnt down, until Duncraig Castle was built), and additions by Ross & Macbeth, 1902. Latterday institutional use has introduced a somewhat municipal air, not helped by the addition of a barrack-like wing. The A87 now careers through Innes's designed landscape, much of which was lost to later forestry plantations, although early 19th century plantings survive in policies east of the house.

['The day will come when the Mackenzies will lose all their possessions in Lochalsh after which it will fall into the hands of an Englishman who shall be distinguished by great liberality to his people and lavish expenditure ...' prophesised the Brahan Seer (Coinneach Odhar). 'After his death the property will revert to the Mathesons, its original possessors, who will build a castle on Druim na Dubh at Balmacara'.]

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press

Architecture Notes

NG82NW 14 80101 27701

Balamacara House

ARCHITECT: Alexander Ross (I.A. June 1857)

Ross & Macbeth (I.A. June 20, 1902)

West lodge at grid reference: 8001 2765 (OS 1:2500, 1969)

East lodge at grid reference: 8076 2742 (OS 1:2500, 1969)


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