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Hunterston Castle

A Category A Listed Building in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7229 / 55°43'22"N

Longitude: -4.8789 / 4°52'44"W

OS Eastings: 219285

OS Northings: 651471

OS Grid: NS192514

Mapcode National: GBR 30.DFWZ

Mapcode Global: WH2NF.0FZ4

Entry Name: Hunterston Castle

Listing Date: 14 April 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 347616

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB14313

Building Class: Cultural

Location: West Kilbride

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Dalry and West Kilbride

Parish: West Kilbride

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

A 15th century or early 16th century Keep with a 17th
century house attached to it. Originally a morass stretched
round the castle with a protecting moat and rampart; Keep is
of small dimensions and contained four stories of which the
undermost is vaulted; main entrance on 1st floor from which
a wheel-stair in the thickness of the wall led to the top
where the parapet walk is protected by a battlement projected
on small corbels round three sides only. The 17th century
house addition has a staircase turret projecting in the middle
of the south side. The building is in good preservation
and was the home of the Hunter family until the Georgian
mansion was built. There were ranges of offices attached to
the castle which no longer exist, the site being now occupied
by a modern homestead, but the small courtyard on the south
side seems, however, to be old. What remains is a picturesque
range, with courtyards to north and south.

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