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Castlecraig (4530)

Current Priority
2
East
263190
North
863810
Site Type
Tower-House
Period
Late 16th century AD

See CANMORE. Severely eroded with coastal undercutting at HWM. There is a curtain wall 20 metres north of the tower house - ie to seaward - that sits on a near vertical crag of sandstone. The base of the crag is being undercut at the HWM. The curtain wall is heavily covered in ivy. The tower-house is relatively intact on 3 sides but has lost its west wall and is open on that side.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Poor
Action
Visit - assess condition of the site ;
Survey site - standing building survey

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Record NH66SW 2 on map 15 in Coastal Assessment Survey: Inner Moray Firth, 1998

Other records:

NMRS
13702
SMR
MHG8196

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21st January, 2013 by RichardJ
Survey Information
User:
RichardJ
Date:
Jan. 21, 2013
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
<10m
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
vegetation growth; structural damage/decay
Description:

See CANMORE. Severely eroded with coastal undercutting at HWM. There is a curtain wall 20 metres north of the tower house - ie to seaward - that sits on a near vertical crag of sandstone. The base of the crag is being undercut at the HWM. The curtain wall is heavily covered in ivy. The tower-house is relatively intact on 3 sides but has lost its west wall and is open on that side.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
highly visible (substantial remains)
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible on foot (footpath)
The site is:
is well known; is well visited; has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

There are some rough dressed stones on the beach that may have come from the curtain wall

Recommendations:

Some sort of rock armour or gabion cages are needed along the HWM where the base of the crag meets the beach to reduce the risk of further undercutting.

Reassign to priority 2