Argyll & Dunbartonshire: About 2 miles north of Tarbert, on minor road east of A83, on west side of Loch Fyne, at Stonefield Castle Hotel.
Private NR 864717 OS: 62 PA29 6YJ
OPEN: Hotel. Weddings and events. Woodland garden.
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Site of old house or tower. Set in 60 acres of woodlands and gardens, Stonefield Castle is a large castellated mansion, built in the 1830s by the architect William Playfair, with dormer windows,
corbiestepped gables, a tall battlemented tower, and many carved panels. Much of the original interior survives and there is an impressive stair.
‘Parmoir’ is marked on Blaeu’s map of Knapdale.
The property, known as Barmore, was held by the MacAllisters, Constables of Tarbert Castle, and they had a residence here. The MacAllisters were supposed to maintain Tarbert Castle, but they failed to do so and faced a lawsuit from the Dukes of Argyll in 1762.
The lands had been sold in 1746 to the Campbells of Muckairn, and they built the present house. The Campbells still held Stonefield at the end of the 19th century. It is now used as a hotel, and within in the grounds is the sylvan Barmore Island and the impressive four-arched bridge, which spans a ravine over the Barmore Burn.