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Including Boundary Walls And Gatepiers, Blair Athol

A Category C Listed Building in Cowal, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.0023 / 56°0'8"N

Longitude: -4.8977 / 4°53'51"W

OS Eastings: 219407

OS Northings: 682610

OS Grid: NS194826

Mapcode National: GBR 06.TX9F

Mapcode Global: WH2M1.QDYD

Plus Code: 9C8Q2422+WW

Entry Name: Including Boundary Walls And Gatepiers, Blair Athol

Listing Name: Blairmore, Shore Road, Blair Athol, Including Coach House, Boundary Walls and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 4 May 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398435

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50425

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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Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

Blair Athol is a well-preserved example of a mid-19th century villa. The house, although relatively conventional in design, is well-detailed and a number of features such as the pilastered windows and the quatrefoil-pierced parapets are of interest. A 3-bay 1½-storey rectangular house with gabled half-dormer and ground-floor canted bays, Blair Athol also makes a significant contribution to the collection of buildings along the shore.

Built c1860, the villa has changed little since. The 3-bay front (E) elevation is symmetrical, with a central timber double door and a hood-mould. To either side of this are the canted bays, with quatrefoil-pierced stone parapets and pilastered mullions. The upper floor has 3 gabletted round-arched windows, the central one slightly lower. Each of the side elevations has 2 tall single windows on the ground floor. The rear of the house has 2 half-dormers and a single-storey projection. On the 1st edition map of c1863 there appears to be a small projection on the S of the rear wall, but by the map of c1898 this has been replaced with 2 parallel projections in the centre. Later, the area between the 2 pitch-roofed projections has been filled in with a flat-roofed block.

Interior: the interior contains a number of original features, including good plasterwork cornices and joinery.

Materials: painted ashlar to front elevation, rubble to sides and rear. Graded grey slate roof with stone stacks and polygonal clay cans. Concrete tiles to rear projection. Timber 2-leaf door. Timber sash and case windows, plate glass to the front and lying-pane to the rear.

Coach House And Boundary Walls: to the SW of the house is the rectangular-plan 2-storey rubble coach house. Although many features such as the doors and window remain to the side elevation, a low garage has been fixed to the front. The house is bounded by rubble walls, square-plan gatepiers have decorative pyramidal capstones.

Statement of Interest

The settlement of the W shore of Loch Long was a continuation from the development of Kilmun and Strone, which began in the late 1820s when marine engineer David Napier feued a three mile stretch of land from Campbell of Monzie and ran daily steamer connections to Glasgow. Blairmore pier opened in 1855, encouraging development northwards (Walker, 2000, 147).

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