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Harris, Amhuinnsuidhe Castle

Country House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Harris, Amhuinnsuidhe Castle

Classification Country House (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Fincastle

Canmore ID 118893

Site Number NB00NW 5

NGR NB 04956 07806

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Harris
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

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Amhuinnsuidhe, David Bryce, 1867 Doughty baronial mansion (originally Fincastle), built for the 7th Earl of Dunmore. Squeezed onto a tight site between rock and water, the main block is castellated and crowstepped, with a corner turret and rounded angles; an extension eastwards soon after it was built has a crowstepped bay with first floor oriel flanked by bartizans. A string course ties the whole composition together about its midrift. Inside, the main hall is on the first floor - a music hall, with twin baronial fireplaces. The panelled dining room retains original Gillows furniture. Any possibility of landscaped policies is reduced to a narrow grassy terrace, with a sea wall parapet overlooking a rhododendronscarred promontory. Above, clinging to the rock face, is a shrub and ornamental tree garden (formerly with glasshouses). Best of all is the castle''s very raison d'etre - the salmon river, 'landscaped' into a cascade which tumbles over rocks beside the road, and into the sea.

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

Architecture Notes

NB00NW 5.00 NB 04956 07806

Architect: David Bryce 1864

NB00NW 5.01 NB 04699 08003 Kennels

NB00NW 5.02 NB 04563 08214 Boat House

NB00NW 5.03 NB 04865 07851 Archway

NB00NW 5.04 NB 04696 08048 Gateway and screen walls

NB00NW 5.05 NB 04843 07874 Cottage and Coach house


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