Scottish Castles Association

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Hunterston Castle - Small but Perfectly-formed

Hunterston Castle stands on what was once marshland near Seamill in Ayrshire.

Accounts mention a moat and rampart but what we see now is a small vaulted four-storey tower of the 15th century. A gun-looped entrance staircase dates from the 17th century. The original entrance was at first floor level, communication with the vaulted basement was by means of a hatch. The infilled arch was an entrance to a 1930’s garage.

Hunterston Castle
Reports state that Hunterston Castle was once moated

The tower was sensitively adapted by Robert Lorimer in 1913 and much of the internal decoration is his.

The castle is a focus for Clan Hunter and the Scottish Castles Association will be visiting this small but perfectly-formed tower in April 2016.

Article by SCA member Brian McGarrigle.

Added: 24 Mar 2016 Updated: 28 Mar 2018
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