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Craignish Castle

Castle (16th Century)

Site Name Craignish Castle

Classification Castle (16th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Loch Beag

Canmore ID 22560

Site Number NM70SE 1

NGR NM 77168 01635

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NM70SE 1.00 77168 01635

NM70SE 1.01 NM 7721 0163 Tennis Court

1.02 NM 77260 01595 Castellated Cottage

1.03 NM 77650 01510 Gate Lodge

1.04 NM 77250 01585 Gardener's Cottage

1.05 Centred NM 774 017 Craignish Castle Policies, General

1.06 NM 77395 01582 Proposed House on site of Episcopal Chapel

(NM 7717 0164) Craignish Castle (NR)

OS 6" map, Argyllshire, 2nd ed., (1900)

Craignish Castle was originally a simple 16th century keep, 41'9" x 33'6", with walls 7'6" thick, which has been much altered and forms part of a modern mansion, standing on a detached rock. The ground floor of the keep is vaulted, and there is a dungeon below, cut out of rock.

The mansion, recently restored (SDD 1960-) is 3 storeys high, with harled walls; an addition to the N, originally a long wing, now reduced, was made c. 1835. The SDD (1960-) note a rubble rampart to E.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; SDD 1960-

Now completely harled, Craignish Castle (name confirmed) exhibits little of architectural interest.

There is no trace of the rubble rampart.

Visited by OS (JP) 14 October 1971.

Architecture Notes


Craignish Castle.

ARCHITECT: William Burn, alterations 1837 ('Mr David Bryce', pp. 118-119).

I. G. Lindsay Collection, W/263.


Scottish Records Office:

A drawing by Andrew Elliot of the Castle, the seat of Colin Campbell of Jura.

Listed in Inventory.

1842 GD 64/1/413


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