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Kilmartin Castle

Site/Artefact
Kilmartin Castle

Type
Castle

Site Number

National Grid Reference
1835 East
6991 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Ordnance Survey Landranger 55

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Excavation Details

Description
The ruin of a semi-fortified, late 16th c. residence built on a terrace over looking Kilmartin valley. It was probably built by Neil Campbell, Rector of Kilmartin 1574-1627 and later Bishop of Argyll.
Exterior
The building consists of a rectangular block with circular towers at the SW and NE angles . It is of random rubble construction with irregular pinnings, and was originally harled. The gable ends were crowstepped, but the gable end with the kitchen chimney has now collapsed. There are relieving arches above rubble lintels in the entrance doorway and large windows and double lintels above the small windows. Architectural features to look out for include the pistol loops and original iron grille window bars in the tower and, 2m above the entrance, a weathered, framed armorial panel.
Interior
The SW tower contained the main stair with a service stair contained in a semi-circular projection from the hall. The other tower contained a series of small rooms.
The entrance leads into a vaulted passage which links the main stair to the kitchen and cellars which were all vaulted. The first floor contained a hall and private chamber and the second floor may have had a similar arrangement. The hall fireplace is still visible.

Access/Ownership
The castle is privately owned and is not open to the public.

Mid-Argyll Sites and Artefacts

 1. Kilmory Oib
 2. Druim an Dúin
 3. Duntroon
 4. Dún Ardifur 1
 5. Eilean Rígh 1
 6. Dún Chonaillach
 7. Loch Awe Crannogs
 8. Torran Hoard
 9. Dún na Nighinne
10. Kilmartin Parish Church
11. Temple Wood Stone Circles
12. Ogham stone, Poltalloch
13. Barnakil Cross
14. Kilbride Chapel
15. Kilbride Crosses
16. Dunadd Fort
17. In Nomine disk
18. Brooch Moulds
19. Dunadd cross-marked quern
20. Loch Glashan Crannog
21. Glebe Cairn

22. Nether Largie North
23. Nether Largie Mid
24. Nether Largie South
25. Ri Cruin
26. Nether Largie
27. Ballymeanoch - Stones
28. Ballymeanoch - Henge
29. Ballymeanoch - Cairn
30. Dunchragaig
31. Baluachraig
32. Carnassarie Castle
33. BallymeanocH - Barrow
34. Dun Mac Samhainn
35. Glenmoine, Upper Largie
36. Creag a' Mhadaidh
37. Carnassarie - Round Cairn
38. Carnasserie - Standing Stones
39. Carnasserie - Cist
40. Carnasserie Cottage
41. Upper Largie - Cist
42. Upper Largie - Rock Carvings

43. Nether Largie
44. Poltalloch - Cist
45. Poltalloch - cists
46. Bruach an Druimein
47. Dunchraigaig - Dun
48. Poltalloch - Round Cairn
49. Rownfield - Cist
50. Ballymeanoch - Cist
51. Poltalloch - Cists
52. Ballymeanoch - Dun
53. Dunadd - Standing Stones
54. Dunadd - Standing Stone
55. Baile Mor - Dun
56. Anaskeog - Rock Carvings
57. Bariole
58. Rhudil - Round Cairn 1
59. Rhudil - Round Cairn 2
60. Kilmartin Castle
61. Slockavullin
62. Rowanfield - Standing Stone
63. Poltalloch - Cremation

 

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