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Portencross Castle - Farland Head, North Ayrshire

Portencross Castle, Farland Head, North Ayrshire, Scotland

The castle is on a peninsula just north of Seamill and West Kilbride.

The castle dates back to the 11th century but the present castle is thought to date back to the mid-14th century (1500s)

It was badly damaged in the great storm of 1739 and with no roof left it soon fell into ruin.


Portencross Castle, Farland Head, North Ayrshire, Scotland

The castle is open to visitors.

Now that the work to restore the castle is completed it's possible to view the interior on fairly limited dates during the summer months.

Portencross Castle was designated as a scheduled historic monument in 1955. The castle is run by local part-time amateur volunteers.


Portencross Castle, Farland Head, North Ayrshire, Scotland

These are older photographs looking north towards Cumbrae.

Millport is the town visible on the southern shore of Great Cumbrae.


Portencross Castle, Farland Head, North Ayrshire, Scotland

Showing Lesser Cumbrae, Bute and Argyll in the distance.

There's a corresponding structure over the water on Lesser Cumbrae on Castle Island, visible on the right of this photo, but we've no idea if it's connected. Probably not.

The two together would guard the channel - Fairlie Roads - which runs north past Fairlie and Largs.

The OS map labels the object on top of the island as an old lighthouse.




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