Dunans Castle

Dunans Castle Details

Dunans castle, a C18 manor extended with C19 castellated mansion of the Fletchers. Now mostly derelict after 2001 fire.

  • Closest To: Dunoon
  • Access: Occasional Access
  • Grid Reference: NS041911

Dunans Castle is an 18th and 19th century mansion which has a baronial style from its extension. Built on a picturesque site on a steep slope overlooking the Allt a’Chaol Ghlinne, the old house consisted of a central block with a matching wing to each side. This was probably built after the Fletcher family acquired this part of the Glendaruel estate in 1745. There is no indication of a house of high quality on General Roy’s map of c1750, although Ponts map does show a farmtoun of “Dunen” c1590. Instead, the farmtouns of Strondavon and Stronardron are depicted with a third farmtoun between, and nothing upstream at all.

The property of Dunans was founded before 1752, when the laird is known as “of Dunans”, and the house was massively extended with a square castellated mansion block and projecting drum tower in 1860. The Fletcher family remained at Dunans until 1997 when the estate was broken up. The building was gutted by a fire in 2001 and only the older house survived; the property is now owned by Dunans Castle Limited, who intend to renovate the castle.

Official Dunans Castle Website

HES Canmore database entry

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