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Ferry Building, Shore Road, Blairmore

A Category C Listed Building in Cowal, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.9946 / 55°59'40"N

Longitude: -4.8952 / 4°53'42"W

OS Eastings: 219531

OS Northings: 681743

OS Grid: NS195817

Mapcode National: GBR 06.VB9J

Mapcode Global: WH2M1.SL5B

Plus Code: 9C7QX4V3+RW

Entry Name: Ferry Building, Shore Road, Blairmore

Listing Name: Blairmore Pier, Former Ticket Office

Listing Date: 26 May 1993

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 338260

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB6611

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dunoon and Kilmun

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Cowal

Parish: Dunoon And Kilmun

Traditional County: Argyllshire

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The former ticket office, a small rectangular Swiss cottage style building with a decorative timber screen, was built c1873 to serve the steamer traffic to Blairmore Pier. The office makes a picturesque contribution to the collection of buildings at Blairmore Pier and is a rare surviving example of the style in the area.

The first pier was built at Blairmore in 1855 (McCrorie and Monteith, 1982, 43). A plan drawn for Campbell in 1857 (Smith, 1857) appears to show a different office, with a large verandah on the sea (E) side. In 1873 considerable improvements were carried out to the pier (Ordnance Gazetteer, 1882) and it is likely that this involved the construction of the present office. At present (2004) in poor condition, the small rectangular-plan office is of rubble with red sandstone dressings. To the S is a verandah with a pierced and arched timber screen and decorative wrought iron baluster panels, behind which is the square ticket window. To the N is a ruinous lean-to, probably built later as toilets. To the E and the W were small gabled canopies, but only that to the W has survived. On the E elevation there were two doors, but one was later blocked up to form a window.

Materials: whin and schist rubble with red sandstone dressings. Decorative timber screens and posts, wrought iron railings. Graded grey slate roof with overhanging eaves, bracketted to verandah.

Statement of Interest

The pier was built by Campbell of Monzie to serve and encourage further development N along the shore. Steamers to and from Arrochar and Lochgoilhead called regularly at Blairmore. Regular services to the pier ceased in 1971.

Part of a B-Group with Blairmore Pier and Hall and Blairmore Place (see separate listings).

In November 2004 consent was granted for the extension and alteration of the building to form a dwelling house.

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