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Latitude: 57.8719 / 57°52'18"N
Longitude: -4.1743 / 4°10'27"W
OS Eastings: 271131
OS Northings: 889013
OS Grid: NH711890
Mapcode National: GBR J72X.LMS
Mapcode Global: WH4DK.VDFN
Plus Code: 9C9QVRCG+Q7
Entry Name: West Lodge, Skibo Castle
Listing Name: Skibo Castle, Principal Gate Lodge and Entrance Gates and Piers
Listing Date: 7 March 1984
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 330483
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB280
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Creich (Highland)
Electoral Ward: East Sutherland and Edderton
Parish: Creich (Highland)
Traditional County: Sutherland
Probably Ross and Macbeth, circa 1900. Gate Lodge; Scottish Baronial, mainly 2-storey, L-plan with single bay to each arm on inner face. Bullfaced rubble, ashlar dressings. Circular corbelled and crenellated stair tower rising 1 stage above roofline in re-entrant angle, with
flanking south facing main door, moulded jambs, drip mould and ornamental plank door. Single storey gabled east wing with bipartite in south gable; corbelled and crenellated wallhead to flat roofed main portion.
Bipartites with either 2-pane or decorative leaded glazing; slit windows to stair tower; carved stone eagle to gable apex; ridge and end stacks; slate roof.
Gate piers and gates; 2 pairs circular ashlar gate piers, heavily banded with alternating polished and rock faced masonry; corbelled and crenellated caps; matching end piers linked by low coped retaining wall.
Ornate cast-and wrought-iron pair carriage gates, with matching flanking pedestrian Gates. Some gilded decoration; matching spearhead railings with similar detailing on quadrant walls.
Skibo Castle in Dornoch Parish. Purchased by Andrew Carnegie around 1898, and castle and estate subsequently enlarged (Alexander) Ross and Macbeth, architects.
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