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Islay, Islay House, West Tower

Folly (Period Unassigned), Tower (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Islay, Islay House, West Tower

Classification Folly (Period Unassigned), Tower (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 143120

Site Number NR36SW 14.05

NGR NR 32183 62791

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Killarow And Kilmeny
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Architecture Notes

NR36SW 14.05 32183 62791

The shell of this two-storeyed Gothic folly (NR321 627) occupies the summit of a headland overlooking

Traigh Cill an Rubha about 1.2km W of Islay House. It dates probably from the late 18th or early 19th century and

appears prominently on a number of the Heath watercolours of about 1830. It stands to a height of 5.2m and measures

4.2m from N to S by 3.4m transversely over rubble-built walls 0.7m in thickness. The walls have blind arch-pointed

openings with oculi above and a blind cross-slit in the S wall, and rise to a crenellated parapet. The doorway is in the N


Visited May 1976


Site Management (27 April 2010)

A Gothick folly. Small. Square. Rubble Crenellated parapet. Blined pointed arches on 2 sides; oculi above. Round-headed doorway on N. side. Slit-window (built-up) on S. Grass-grown floor. Traces of upper floor. (ref: Historic Scotland)


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