10 Abandoned Manor Houses & Baronial Mansions of Scotland

8. Glenfinart House, Dunoon

Glenfinart-House-Dunoon-4 (Images: Willie Mair; James T. M. Towill; cc-sa-4.0)

The only part of Glenfinart House that still stands is the tower that was once the entrance to the opulent manor house. Just the tower alone is impressive, a 4-story structure with crenelations and still sporting the family motto – De Tout Mon Coeur.

Glenfinart-House-Dunoon-2 (Image: via Secret Scotland)

The house that had been built along with the single remaining tower was destroyed by a fire in 1968, bringing an end to a long history. It had been built on the site of earlier buildings in the early 19th century, with several additions constructed at the end of that century. Like many of the large manor houses, Glenfinart was commandeered as a base of military operations during World War II, named HMS Armadillo. Before that, it had been the site of the rather controversial unemployment camps. The camps, set up along the southeastern part of the house, was used to house out-of-work laborers during the Great Depression of 1929-1933.

Glenfinart-House-Dunoon-3 (Image: Leslie Barry, cc-sa-4.0)

After the war, the home was used to temporarily house workers in the forestry field, until it was opened as a hotel. The hotel hit on hard times in the 1960s, and in 1968 it was destroyed by fire. Most of the abandoned manor house was demolished, with only the single, solitary tower now standing.


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