This evening I am posting images of a fascinating building in Campbeltown, namely the Craigard House Hotel.

I am inspired by Scottish architects and regularly provide architecture themed tours around Glasgow ( Mackintosh and Greek Thomson) so this particular building came as a pleasant surprise.

Although now a hotel, the building was actually completed ( Italianate style) in 1882 from a design by architect, Henry Clifford who also designed Auchinlee (on road to Carradale) and several other prominent buildings in the locality.

In the late 1800s Campbeltown was very prosperous with about 30 distilleries. Craigard House was built as the home of local whisky distiller, William McKersie who vied with his brother (a rival distiller) to create the finest house in the town. The property stayed in the same family until 1942 when it became a maternity home. It was subsequently converted into flats and then to its current state as a hotel.

This is a good hotel located about 1 mile from town. The principal room has a four poster bed with magnificent views over the loch. The hotel also provides a free broadband computer for use by its guests-a nice touch.

If you are interested in architecture this hotel is a must. It’s located about 1 mile from town so own transport is necessary.

The hotel also has a friendly dog which guests are allowed to take for walks. In fact the dog will take you for a walk!

Painted window in interior stairway.

If you are visiting Campbeltown and have enough time and money then stay at the Craigard.

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