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Balfour Castle (With Garden Gateway) Sound

A Category A Listed Building in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 59.0317 / 59°1'54"N

Longitude: -2.9168 / 2°55'0"W

OS Eastings: 347477

OS Northings: 1016435

OS Grid: HY474164

Mapcode National: GBR M45V.LLK

Mapcode Global: WH7BZ.58B1

Entry Name: Balfour Castle (With Garden Gateway) Sound

Listing Date: 8 December 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352695

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18615

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Shapinsay

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Traditional County: Orkney

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Description

1846-59. David Bryce, architect. Large rambling Scots Baronial mansion incorporating part of earlier Cliffdale House. 3 storeys and garret with 4-storey tower and 1-storey offices. Stugged ashlar. Turrets. Corbie-steps. Bay-windows. Slated roofs.

GARDEN GATE-WAY at Lady's walk: Dated 1674. Fragment of House of Sound (burned down by Hanoverian soldiers 1746). Round arch flanked by engaged columns and capped by armorial panel. Rounded pediment has monogram AB/MB and date.

Statement of Interest

Estate of Sound (West Shapinsay) was acquired by Buchanans from Tullochs in 17th century passed to Feas of Clestrain (Stronsay) 1720; to Laings of Papdale (St Ola) 1770 and later to Balfours of Trenabie (Westray) for whom Castle was built. Grounds laid out by Craigie Halkett Inglis of Cramond (Edinburgh) upgraded Category B to A, 11 October 1995.

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