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Kilravock Castle


Site Name Kilravock Castle

Classification Castle

Canmore ID 15032

Site Number NH84NW 2

NGR NH 81409 49361

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Croy And Dalcross (Nairn)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Nairn
  • Former County Nairn

Archaeology Notes

NH84NW 2.00 81409 49361

NH84NW 2.01 NH 81409 49336 dovecot and possible chapel

(NH 8140 4936) Kilravock Castle (NR)

OS 6" map, Nairnshire, 2nd ed., (1906)

Kilravock Castle originally consisted of a quadrilateral keep 39ft by 31ft Licence to build was granted in 1460 and confirmed in 1475. The keep, though it has 14th century and 15th century characteristics is probably of the latter date. In the 17th century the keep was enlarged into a castle by the unusual manner of adding a square stair-case to the SW angle and a large rectangular building, attached to that, in order to form the south front of a quadrangle.

In more recent times, omitted in plan, other buildings have been added to the north of the main base and a wing has been extended along the west of the quadrangle.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; ISSFC 1926.

The castle is generally as described above, and is still occupied. Mrs Rose (Kilravock Castle, Croy, Nairnshire), the owner believes that the keep was built in the 15th century with later 16th and 17th century additions (second phase) but all records have been destroyed.

Visited by OS (NKB) 11 August 1964.

Architecture Notes

Information from a catalogue slip

Owner: Trustees of the late Lt Col Hugh Rose. (Davidson & Garden, 12 Dee Street, Aberdee.)

Occupier: Mrs Ruth Rose



Account from John Baillie for wright work at Kilravock House.

It includes sash window for the New Front, roofing and sarking of the new passage and staircase, and amounts to ?51.5.6.


GD125/Box 20


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