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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Jacky Folley (17 months ago)
Drawn to explore the estate because of the Alpacas. Lovely walk and beautiful old house. A coffee shop would make it perfect.
Rita McKenna (19 months ago)
Such a lovely walk at any time of the year
Morag Brown (21 months ago)
This is a great place for locals to go during the restrictions. Unfortunately on our last visit the paths ( and carparks) were very busy and many walkers not observing social distancing rules.
Paul Fleming (3 years ago)
An incredible estate and grounds and fabulous all round venue - especially for a wedding or even a romantic break! A true gem, steeped in history. The team couldn't have been more welcoming and accommodative and I can highly recommend Ardgowan. Thank you again!
Robbie Smith (3 years ago)
Beautiful house and grounds.
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