List of Category A listed buildings in the Western Isles
In Scotland, the term listed building refers to a building or other structure officially designated as being of "special architectural or historic interest". Category A structures are those considered to be "buildings of national or international importance, either architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or building type." Listing was begun by a provision in the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1947, and the current legislative basis for listing is the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997. The authority for listing rests with Historic Scotland, an executive agency of the Scottish Government, which inherited this role from the Scottish Development Department in 1991. Once listed, severe restrictions are imposed on the modifications allowed to a building's structure or its fittings. Listed building consent must be obtained from local authorities prior to any alteration to such a structure. There are approximately 47,400 listed buildings in Scotland, of which around 8% (or approximately 3,800) are Category A.
The council area of Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) comprises an archipelago of over 100 islands and small skerries, including 14 inhabited islands with a total population of around 26,500. There are 18 Category A listed buildings on the islands, representing a variety of types and ages of structure. The 13th-century Church of St Moluag is one of three A-listed church buildings. Kisimul Castle, built on a tiny island off the shore of Castlebay, dates from the 15th century, while the two other A-listed castles at Amhuinnsuidhe and Lews are Victorian. Functional architecture includes three important lighthouses, including Eilean Glas, the first lighthouse in the Western Isles. More prosaic building types are well represented, with eight traditional thatched cottages meriting Category A listing.
|Name||Location||Date Listed||Grid Ref. [note 1]||Geo-coordinates||Notes||HB Number [note 2]||Image|
|Butt of Lewis Lighthouse||Butt of Lewis||25/3/1971||Built in the 1860s and designed by David Stevenson||5768|
|Barra Head Lighthouse||Barra Head||5/10/1971||Designed by Robert Stevenson and opened in 1833||5893|
|Kisimul Castle||Castlebay, Barra||5/10/1971||16th-century castle on an island in Castle Bay||5901|
|St Moluag's Church (Teampull Mholuaidh)||Eoropie, Lewis||25/3/1971||13th-century church||6603|
|Amhuinnsuidhe Castle||Harris||5/10/1971||19th-century Scots baronial country house, designed by David Bryce||12767|
|St Clement's Church||Rodel, Harris||5/10/1971||15th-century church||12912|
|Eilean Glas Lighthouse||Scalpay||30/3/1994||The first lighthouse erected in the Western Isles, built 1789 by Thomas Smith||13487|
|9 Locheport||Locheport, North Uist||5/10/1971||Hebridean-type thatched cottage||17570|
|29 Locheport||Locheport, North Uist||5/10/1971||Hebridean-type thatched cottage||17571|
|Struan Cottage||Malaclete, North Uist||15/1/1980||Hebridean-type thatched cottage||17582|
|Ardheisker thatched cottage||Ardheisker, North Uist||5/10/1971||Hebridean-type thatched cottage||17585|
|Lews Castle||Stornoway, Lewis||25/3/1971||Mid 19th-century country house||18677|
|472b South Lochboisdale||Lochboisdale, South Uist||15/1/1980||Skye-type thatched cottage||18746|
|77 Ardmanonie||Eochar, South Uist||15/1/1980||Skye-type thatched cottage||18767|
|Lews Castle Lodges, Boundary Walls, Sea Walls and Tower||Stornoway, Lewis||25/3/1971||19th-century walls around Lews Castle||19206|
|St Columba's Church (Eye Church)||Aignish, Lewis||25/3/1971||Late medieval church, now partly ruined||19210|
|Bualadubh||Eochar, South Uist||15/1/1980||Skye-type thatched cottage||19908|
|North Beach Quay/North Beach Old Sail Loft||North Beach, Stornoway, Lewis||25/3/1971||Large 19th-century warehouse with adjoining house||41735|
- Sometimes known as OSGB36, the grid reference (where provided) is based on the British national grid reference system used by the Ordnance Survey.
• "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
• "Get-a-map". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
- The "HB Number" is a unique number assigned to each listed building by Historic Environment Scotland.
- Guide to the Protection of Scotland’s Listed Buildings (PDF). Historic Scotland. 2009. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-84917-013-0. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- "What is Listing?". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Scottish Historic Environment Policy (PDF). Historic Scotland. October 2008. pp. 24–25. ISBN 978-1-84917-002-4. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Guide to the Protection of Scotland’s Listed Buildings, p. 17.
- "Kisimul Castle, Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
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