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Fairburn Tower (Ross) Past & Present

Fairbairn Tower

Fairburn Tower as it was around the year 1900

Fairburn Tower, a roofless 16th century tower house, is situated at Muir of Ord in Ross.

It consists of an oblong tower to which a 4 storey stair tower was added in the 17th century. The basement is vaulted and provided with gun loops. The entrance was originally at first floor level.

Fairburn is in a bad state of repair. The stair tower is in a perilous state being cracked from top to bottom and in immediate danger of collapse. The tower is on the ‘Buildings at Risk’ and Historic Scotland’s ‘Castle’ Registers.

In 2006 the intention to restore was posted but nothing has been done and Fairburn continues to deteriorate. Unless something is ‘done’ the crack will widen and the whole tower will crash down as did Benholm Tower under similar circumstances.

Fairbairn Tower

Fairburn Tower in the present day

Article by SCA member Brian McGarrigle

Date posted: 04 Sep 2013Last updated: 08 Dec 2014

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