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This building is in the Argyll And Bute Council and the Dunoon And Kilmun Parish. It is a category C building and was listed on 04/05/2006.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NS 1948 8212.


Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

Otterburn, built c1856, is one of a number of fine marine villas along the Shore Road in Blairmore. Although the overall form of the house is not unusual and conforms to a well-known pattern book layout, the front of the house is in fine ashlar stonework, with good carved Gothic detailing, particularly on the pierced galleries on the bay, similar to that found on both Bannachra and Blair Athol (both also listed).

Otterburn is a 2-storey 3-bay asymmetrical villa. The front (E) elevation consists of an advanced gabled right bay with a ground floor canted bay, a hood-moulded tripartite window above and an armorial panel in the apex. The central entrance has a single half-dormer above and to the left is a canted bay with a single half-dormer above. The Tudor-arched doorway has a stepped hood-mould and a roll-moulded reveal. Round, basket and Tudor arches are used for the windows. Above the ground-floor bays are stone galleries, with intersecting-arched corbels and pierced quatrefoil decoration. To the rear of the house is a single-storey piended-roof extension. The house, including the single-storey portion to the rear, has survived as it appears on the 1st edition OS map.

Interior: access to the interior was not obtained at the time of the resurvey (2004).

Materials: stugged ashlar sandstone to front elevation. Chamfered long and short quoins with droved edges. Probably harled rubble to rear and sides. Grey slate roof. Predominantly stained replacement timber windows. Stone gablehead stacks with polygonal clay cans.

Boundary Walls And Outbuildings: to the S of the house is a 2-storey coach house with depressed coach arch on the ground-floor and a round-headed window to the accommodation above. To the rear of this is a short range of single-storey outbuildings. The house is surrounded by a rubble boundary wall. The main entrance is by a cast iron gate through gatepiers modelled on bunched colonettes with quatrefoil decoration on the capstones.


The settlement of the W shore of Loch Long was a continuation from the development of Kilmun and Strone, which began in the late 1820s when marine engineer David Napier feued a three mile stretch of land from Campbell of Monzie and ran daily steamer connections to Glasgow. Blairmore pier opened in 1855, encouraging development northwards (Walker, 2000, 147). The National Monuments Record for Scotland contains photographs of a large armorial panel in the grounds of Otterburn (1990). The panel was not seen during the resurvey (2004).


Ordnance Survey 1st edition (c1863) and 2nd edition (c1898); List of Benmore Feuars (c1915), Courtesy of Benmore Trust; Walker, F A, Buildings of Scotland: Argyll and Bute (2000); NMRS.

© Crown copyright, Historic Scotland. All rights reserved. Mapping information derived from Ordnance Survey digital mapping products under Licence No. 100017509 2012 . Data extracted from Scottish Ministers' Statutory List on . Listing applies equally to the whole building or structure at the address set out in bold at the top of the list entry. This includes both the exterior and the interior, whether or not they are mentioned in the 'Information Supplementary to the Statutory List'. Listed building consent is required for all internal and external works affecting the character of the building. The local planning authority is responsible for determining where listed building consent will be required and can also advise on issues of extent or "curtilage" of the listing, which may cover items remote from the main subject of the listing such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. or interior fixtures. All category C(S) listings were revised to category C on 3rd September 2012. This was a non-statutory change. All enquiries relating to proposed works to a listed building or its setting should be addressed to the local planning authority in the first instance. All other enquiries should be addressed to: Listing & Designed Landscapes Team, Historic Scotland, Room G.51, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, EDINBURGH, EH9 1SH. Tel: +44 (0)131 668 8701 / 8705. Fax: +44 (0)131 668 8765. e-mail: hs.listing@scotland.gsi.gov.uk. Web: http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/historicandlistedbuildings.

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