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Gartshore is an estate landscape that retains its 19th-century layout as well as many estate buildings, considerable woodland belts and some areas of grazed parkland. The former stables is now the main residence, divided into several apartments.

The former Gartshore estate is well-defined by surviving tree belts and contains open areas of grazed pasture. Both these features are significant in the local landscape. The woodland is composed largely of mature mixed broadleaves with a predominance of limes along the drives.

The abandoned gardens comprise a walled garden, some overgrown yew and cypress hedges, shrubberies and a poorly-drained open area on the site of the lawn by the former house. The walled garden retains two gateways, one of which is pedimented with the dates 1681 and 1889 on either side of it. There are extensive ruined glasshouses within the area of the walled garden, including a fern room lined with weathered sandstone and limestone, with a slate shelf.

West Lodge and Wester Gartshore are designated within the Waterside and Wester Gartshore Township Protection Area.


At its greatest extent in the 19th century the Gartshore estate included Bar Hill and the Strone plantation (these are treated as a separate entry, Bar Hill). Alexander Whitelaw, who bought the estate in 1870, exploited its mining potential and built the mining village of Twechar to the east.

Features & Designations


  • Doocot
  • Description: Doocot with a conical slate roof, possibly partly reconstructed in the 19th century.
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  • Gate Lodge
  • Description: West Lodge and Gates, comprising four gate piers with ball finials.
  • House (featured building)
  • Description: Quadrangular stables now converted into a multiple residence.
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  • Fernery [glasshouse]
  • Description: A ruined fern room in the abandoned walled garden, lined with sandstone and limestone blocks.
Key Information





Principal Building

Domestic / Residential


Part: standing remains