Rowallan Castle is a privately-owned, nationally important scheduled monument in Ayrshire less than half an hour from Glasgow. The site contains the standing remains of a 13th-century hall house and a later tower as well as a Renaissance courtyard house which is well-preserved and restored externally. It also has significant surviving internal features.
This historic complex sits within a later designed landscape which has at its centrepiece a Baronial revival style ‘new Castle’, designed by Sir Robert Lorimer around the turn of the 19th/20th century using some of the existing buildings and landform. The principal use of the Rowallan Estate today is leisure and tourism, with a Colin Montgomerie designed golf course, club house and hotel..
The Old Castle is protected as a scheduled monument and an A listed building and has been in the guardianship of Scottish Ministers, through Historic Scotland and its predecessors, since 1950.
Historic Scotland has been working with the owner of Rowallan Castle to investigate ways in which the monument could bring wider benefits to the estate and the community. The basis for the discussion is:
- to conserve the building, maintaining and enhancing its significant features, and ensuring future development is properly regulated
- to ensure the building is re-used as a living monument in a manner consistent with its history and cultural significance
- to maximise public access consistent with the above aims
- to create an economic and cultural dividend for Historic Scotland, the owner and the community
- to play a role in enhancing the tourism offering in Ayrshire.
Past planning applications for consent to bring the Old Castle into use have not been granted. View supplementary documents.
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