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Dalcross Castle and Garden Wall

A Category A Listed Building in Culloden and Ardersier, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.5083 / 57°30'29"N

Longitude: -4.0402 / 4°2'24"W

OS Eastings: 277860

OS Northings: 848289

OS Grid: NH778482

Mapcode National: GBR J8DW.81V

Mapcode Global: WH4GC.XJ7Y

Entry Name: Dalcross Castle and Garden Wall

Listing Date: 5 October 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332433

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1713

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Croy and Dalcross

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Culloden and Ardersier

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

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Description

Possibly of 2 builds, late 16th and circa 1620 with
subsequent additions; restoration probably W L Carruthers,
1896. Tall L-plan castle with further later gabled lower
2-storey wing at N gable. All red rubble with tooled and
polished ashlar dressings. Doorway in re-entrant angle with
filletted roll to moulded door jambs, stepped hoodmould
with 1720 coat of arms and small vent above. Entrance well
defended by various flanking gun loops and slits.
Regular 3-bay W garden front to castle with some 1896
fenestration. 3 late 19th century pedimented dormers dated
1620, 1703 and 1896. Irregular fenestration to W front of
wing, including 4-light dining room window. Off centre rear
door to wing with 1703 dated lintel.
Catslide dormers; multi-pane glazing; angle bartizans; coped
end and wallhead stacks; crowsteps slate roofs. Further
single storey and attic service N block linked to north wing
by coped rubble wall screening service court.
Interior: barrel vaulted raised basement; 17th century yett to
main doorway, also closed by drawbar housed in original hole.
Stone wheel stair lit by diminutive lights. 1st floor hall
takes up all of W facing castle block with ashlar chimney
piece with moulded surround, coat of arms and motto "Je
Trouve Bien", tiled surround to grate.
Bedrooms divided out of large 2nd floor area with corridor
along E wall. Garden wall; gardens surrounded by coped red
rubble wall.

Statement of Interest

Said to have been built by Simon, Lord Lovat in 1621, though

this may refer to substantial addition to an earlier tower

house, forming present unusual L-plan building. Passed to

McIntosh's whose coat of arms dated 1720 is set above main

entrance. Restored 1896; single 1st floor plan survives from

that date (NMR).

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