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Aiket Castle

Lairds House (Period Unassigned), Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Aiket Castle

Classification Lairds House (Period Unassigned), Tower House (Medieval)

Canmore ID 42014

Site Number NS34NE 1

NGR NS 3878 4875

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Ayrshire
  • Parish Dunlop
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Kilmarnock And Loudoun
  • Former County Ayrshire

Summary Record (2 March 2012)

Tower house rebuilt from below first floor level upwards in the 1970's.


Archaeology Notes

NS34NE 1 3878 4875.

NS34NE 1.01 NS 3874 4875 Grain Mill

NS34NE 1.02 NS 3904 4891 Sawmill

(NS 3878 4875) Aiket Castle (NR)

OS 6" map (1970)

Aiket Castle (Tranter; Bayne) or Aiket House (MacGibbon and Ross; SDD) is of two periods. Its W half was a free-standing tower of probable 16th century date, added to in the late 17th century to form an oblong laird's house. The bonding between the two works is plain on the S front. It occupies a defensive position and Paterson states that it was formerly surrounded by a moat. No trace of this was seen in 1956 when visited by the OS (DS) on 2 August 1956.

The original tower has walls 7ft thick at base, and a vaulted basement. The later part is also vaulted, the walls are less thick. Formerly four storeys high, it ws reduced to three storeys in the mid-19th century. Though inhabited in 1935 (J F Bayne 1935), and roofed in 1956 it is noted in 1962 as roofless and in ruins.

J Paterson 1847; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1892; SDD List 1962; N Tranter 1965

Aiket Castle has been completely restored as a private dwelling and is in excellent repair. A pediment has been recently inscribed AC KC 149 and RC KC 1976 (presumably the date of restoration). A single storey building which abuts the E side of the house has a linter dated 1734. There is no indication of a former moat, although there is natural low-lying ground on the NW.

Visited by OS (JRL) 18 October 1982.

Architecture Notes

This L-plan castle comprises an extended tower-house block, with a linear block attached to the W (RCAHMSAP 2003), the layout of which is shown on the OS 1:10,000 map (1970). A conservatory is attached to the W.


Photographic Survey (13 August 2009)

Photographed on behalf of the Buildings of Scotland Ayrshire publication.



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