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Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Castlecraig

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Castle Craig; Craig Castle

Canmore ID 13702

Site Number NH66SW 2

NGR NH 63200 63813

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Resolis
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH66SW 2 63200 63813

For carved stone (part of gunloop) at NH 6319 6382, see NH66SW 43.

The remains of Craig Castle, a late 16th-century tower, comprise the roofed NE wing, which has vaulted floors and a corbelled parapet; a wing which probably extended to the NW, and a stairway in the re-entrant angle, have fallen to ruin. There is an enclosure to the N and what may be an oven to the E. Parts of the enclosure may be of earlier date, but the traditional association with the bishops of Ross may well relate to the use of the site as an occasional episcopal residence in the post- Reformation period.

Orig Paroch Scot 1855; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; RCAHMS 1979; G Stell 1986.

Tower House.

Severly eroded coastal undercutting at High Water Mark.

Late 16th century.

CFA/MORA Coastal Assessment Survey 1998.


Field Visit (2013 - 2014)

Severely eroded with coastal undercutting at HWM. There is a curtain wall 20 metres north of the tower house - ie to seaward - that sits on a near vertical crag of sandstone. The base of the crag is being undercut at the HWM. The curtain wall is heavily covered in ivy. The tower-house is relatively intact on 3 sides but has lost its west wall and is open on that side.

Visited by Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk (SCHARP) 2013


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