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Erchless Castle

A Category B Listed Building in Aird and Loch Ness, Highland

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Latitude: 57.4297 / 57°25'46"N

Longitude: -4.6493 / 4°38'57"W

OS Eastings: 241037

OS Northings: 840807

OS Grid: NH410408

Mapcode National: GBR G9W2.R34

Mapcode Global: WH2D6.KJ85

Plus Code: 9C9QC9H2+V7

Entry Name: Erchless Castle

Listing Name: Erchless Castle

Listing Date: 5 October 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 340163

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB8100

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200340163

Location: Kiltarlity and Convinth

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Aird and Loch Ness

Parish: Kiltarlity And Convinth

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

Tagged with: Tower house

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Circa 1600 L-plan tower house with 1790 alterations and
baronial rear wing dated 1895. Harled with tooled and polished
ashlar dressings.
3- and 4-storey tower house; stair turret in SW re-entant
angle with corbelled base; similar turret at NW angle;
bartisans at SW and NE. Main entrance door with re-cut
moulded jambs in projecting S stair tower with late 19th
century heavy studded plank door with ornate cast-iron
hinges. Arrow slit vents survive in S elevation; regularised
and enlarged fenestration.
Baronial rear wing with canted bay windows and oriel;
crenellated wallheads; angle bartizan; 2- and 4-pane glazing.
Armorial panel, crowstep gables; slate roofs.
Interior; little survives of original interior except
partially blocked wheel stairs. Circular stair (1790) rises
full height in projecting single bay tower, with turned
wooden balusters, polished wooden handrail and decorative
plaster roundel in ceiling. Fielded panel doors (also 1790)
and marble chimney piece. 1895 interior fittings in later
wing; panelled dados; large wooden staircase with carved
balustrade and newel finials; panelled doors and moulded
door jambs; polished ashlar baronial chimney piece in inner

Statement of Interest

Traditional seat of the Chisholm family. Thomas Muirison,

Architect, carried out additions and alterations to Erchless

and policies 1814-15 costing $3,060.5.10d for William

Chisholm of Chisholm.

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