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Keil Hotel

Hotel (20th Century)

Site Name Keil Hotel

Classification Hotel (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Keil House Policies

Canmore ID 213393

Site Number NR60NE 33

NGR NR 67881 07986

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Southend
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR60NE 33 67881 07986

Keil Hotel [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, August 2010.

Location formerly entered as NR 6780 0795.

Site Management (22 October 2001)

Imposing 5 storey flat-roofed Moderne hotel, commanding extensive views over the Mull of Kintyre from its hillside location. The hotel was built just before the outbreak of World War II and was used as a Navy hospital before opening as a hotel in 1947.

James Austin Laird's career reached its peak in 1929-30 with the building of the extremely fine English neo-Jacobean Carlung at West Kilbride for his uncle Robert Barr, a whisky and shipping magnate, and the commission for Balmore School in Possilpark, a large and handsome renaissance design. The refined academicism of these buildings was in marked contrast to the absolute simplicity of his best work before the First World War. By the late 1930s some of his designs showed the influence of the modern movement, notably the moderne Keil Hotel at Southend, Kintyre, built in 1938-39 (Dictionary of Scottish Architects)


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