Ardgowan Castle is located in the grounds of Ardgowan House near Inverkip. In 1306, Inverkip was besieged by supporters of Robert Bruce, led by Robert Boyd of Cunningham. In 1403, King Robert III granted the lands of Ardgowan to his natural son, Sir John Stewart. The castle is dated to the late 15th century.

In 1667 Archibald Stewart was created a baronet. The 3rd baronet married, in 1730, Helen Houston, heiress of the Shaws of Greenock. Their son Sir John Shaw-Stewart, 4th Baronet, commissioned a design for a new house from the architect Hugh Cairncross. Construction began in 1797, and was completed around 1801, after which the old castle was abandoned. The ruin was consolidated and repaired in 1936.



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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Robbie Smith (17 months ago)
Beautiful house and grounds.
anna wilson (2 years ago)
I found this wee gem on a bright afternoon few weeks ago while heading through Inverkip. Lovely stroll along a good road surface with my baby in pram and my dog. Beware electric fences line the road, due to horses being kept in neighbouring fields. The house is nice to see once you reach the end of the drive/road upto it.
Tessa (2 years ago)
I had the most wonderful weekend at Ardgowan last month; I felt like I had stepped onto the set of Pride and Prejudice in the very best way. It is simultaneously grand and warm. Our host was charming and knowledgeable - sharing lots of interesting facts during the tour and making us all feel super welcome. As well as the spectacular house, there is a castle in the grounds and a chapel that has fallen into a romantic state of disrepair. The room where I stayed was immensely comfortable with beautiful period furniture and a lovely view. It was warm and the bathroom was also great with an excellent shower and huge bath. I couldn't recommend Ardgowan highly enough!
Bonnie Taylor (2 years ago)
I have never taken the time to provide comments or ratting ever before. However I must today!!! What a wonderful, knowledgeable host. Treated us like family opening his home (Castle) and history to us. Wish we had more time to to spend exploring the grounds but scheduled trips must be adhered to. Just an amazing experience, highly recommended for all who enjoy a bit of history.
angjane06 martin (3 years ago)
Not a place for horse's,bad experience with my own horse there,Again lovely place to walk through??????.......Never Wrote This My Post Has Been Changed To This Line Above,as plenty of people who Had Read what I had Put Is All True Shocking What Happened to my horse and The Management Don't Want My Experience Shared, Shame on Them,For Trying to Keep the Truth, Hushed,
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