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Lake Of Menteith, Inch Talla, Talla Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Lake Of Menteith, Inch Talla, Talla Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Inch Talla Castle; Inchtalla

Canmore ID 24064

Site Number NN50SE 5

NGR NN 57204 00396

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Stirling
  • Parish Port Of Menteith
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Stirling
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NN50SE 5.00 57204 00396

NN50SE 5.01 56761 00277 Kennels

NN50SE 5.02 56687 00474 Stables and Old Kiln

(NN 5716 0038) Castle (NR) (In Ruins)

(NN 5667 0047) Old Kiln (NAT)

OS 25" map, (1900)

Talla Castle occupies the whole of an island. Much of the material came from the priory (NN50SE 4): the constructional details suggest a 17th century date.

The south side presents "a remarkable example of the provision made for the defence of castles by means of outside hoardings". Such hoardings probably extended round most of the outside. The kennels were on Dog Island (NN50SE 72) and the stables and offices on the mainland.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92.

Foundations on Stable Point (NN 567 004) are known as the Earl's Stables. The old kiln (MacGibbon and Ross 1887-92) is believed to have been used for drying malt used at the castle.

Name Book 1862.

Talla Castle is as described and planned by Macgibbon and Ross. The hall and keep survive to roof height; the brew-house and building on the west survive to a height of 1.3m. No traces of any hoarding can now be seen. There are no structures on Dog Isle, but on Stable Point, centred at NN 5668 0048, there are the grass-covered footings of four buildings with walls 1.0m thick; and the kiln.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (R D) 18 October 1968.

On Stable Point (NN 5671 0048) three unroofed buildings annotated 'old kilns' which may be the stables and the possible malt drying kiln (ONB 1862) are depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Perthshire 1866, sheet cxxx), but they are not shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1978).

Information from RCAHMS (AKK) 2 February 1998.

Architecture Notes

REFERENCE - Scottish Record Office

Isle of Monteith [Inchtalla]. Agreement, Countess of Airth and William, Earl of Monteith 'the haill rooms within the hall door with the second chamber nixt the hall called the schoolhouse and the north chamber nixt adjacent to the hall to be of equell use whenever occasions offers of any of the said countess hir relations or yet the said earl's (being men of quallitie) and the kitching and brewhous to be of common use for serving both parties, and the said Earl to have the littellvoult east the turnpyk on the South syd of the cloass'.

1667 GD 220/6/1805/11


Note (1979)

Talla Castle NN 571 003 NN50SE 5

The remains of this castle occupy a small island in the Lake of Menteith. It was built around a quadrangle with a brew-house on the E side. The main period of construction was probably in the 17th century.


MacGibbon and Ross 1887-92, iv, 285-9


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