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Dalquharran Castle (also known as Dalqhrin, Dahuharra Castle, Old Place of Dalwharn, Dolquharran)


The estate at Dalquharran includes the ruins of the 15th-century castle and of the Robert Adam house of the late-18th century. It lies on the north bank of the Water of Girvan and there is still surviving woodland, although much reduced from the 18th and 19th centuries. There are currently plans to develop the site as a hotel with a golf course that incorporates the old ruined castle.

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  • Historic Environment Scotland Listed Building

  • Reference: Dalquharran Castle (ruin)
  • Grade: A


  • House (featured building)
  • Description: There are late 19th-century extensions by Wardrop and Reid.
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  • Ruin
  • Description: The ruins of the old Dalquharran Castle, built in the 15th century.
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Key Information


Country Estate



Principal Building



Part: standing remains

Electoral Ward

South Carrick



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  • Anderson, M. L., {A History of Scottish Forestry}, (London: Nelson, 1967), Vol. 1, p. 187 and p. 534
  • {Ordnance Survey County Series Six Inch} (Southampton, 1854)
  • Captain M. J. Armstrong and Son {A New Map of Ayrshire} (1775)
  • William Roy {Military Survey of Scotland} (1750)
  • Joan Blaeu {Atlas Novus - South Carrick/North Carrick/Kyle/Cunninghame} (Amsterdam, 1654)
  • Coventry, M., {The Castles of Scotland} (Edinburgh: Goblinshead, 1997), p. 141