EDINAMPLE CASTLE

Edinample Castle was built by Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy in the late sixteenth century on land seized from the Macgregor clan. It took the form of a Z-plan Tower House but was later adapted and expanded. By the early twentieth century it had become dilapidated but it was restored in the 1970s and is now a private residence.

History

 

Edinample Castle was built in the late sixteenth century by 'Black' Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy possibly around a pre-existing structure. Overlooking the shores of Loch Earn, it occupies territory that originally belonged to the Macgregor clan. However, the Campbells feuded with them and ultimately drove them from their lands. Edinample Castle was one of numerous fortifications constructed to help secure their new acquisitions (others included Achallader, Barcaldine, Finlarig, Loch Dochart and Monzie castles).

 

The castle was built upon a bedrock of schist. It was configured in a Z-plan with the main rectangular block augmented by round towers on the north-west and south-east angles. Its walls were constructed from schist rubble with the exterior harled to give it a uniform appearance. The structure was expanded in 1790 when a two storey porch was added to the north face. Later, during the Victorian era, a further modification was made to the south which effectively extended the main block and incorporated the south-east tower into the central structure.

 

Edinample Castle remained a residence until the early twentieth but thereafter fell into a state of dereliction. It was purchased in the 1970s by Peter Nicholson who commenced restoration and re-roofed the structure. It was then sold on to architect Nicholas Groves-Raines who continued the work. However, the restoration was still incomplete when the castle was sold to the Britten family. They employed architect Raymond Muszynski to demolish the porch and southern extension effectively restoring the castle’s Z-plan. The castle remains a private residence.

 

 

Bibliography

 

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What's There?

Edinample Castle is a private residence with no public access. However, the castle can be seen (at a distance) from the northern shores of Loch Earn and a good view can also be obtained from South Loch Earn Road which overlooks the site.

Edinample Castle. The castle was a four storey Z-plan Tower House. It is alleged that Duncan Campbell, angered that the castle's builder had not constructed the castle to his precise specifications, pushed him off the ramparts.

Getting There

Edinample Castle is found on the south-west shores of Loch Earn. The castle is in private ownership with no public access but can be viewed from the car park on the northern shores of the loch directly off the A85. Alternatively the castle can be seen from the unnamed road sign-posted as 'South Loch Earn Road'. This takes you on the road that passes just above the castle with good views of the structure. On-road parking is possible in the vicinity.

Edinample Castle

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Loch Earn Car Park / Viewpoint

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