Gartincaber Tower, centre of Scotland

Gartincaber Tower is located on a hill east of Doune. It was built in 1799 by William Murdoch of Gartincaber House. It is generally understood to be a folly and was not a functional building as such. Tradition dictates that it was intended to mark the centre of Scotland, which locals claim is situated near here. The tower is (was) a two storey gothic octagon with a parapet. It may have been built for the people of Gartincaber to enjoy the view of the surrounding countryside. It tower was built in sandstone rubble, with dressed stones at the corners and window and door surrounds. The lower windows are rectangular, while the upper windows have pointed Gothic arch tops. An iron spiral staircase wound around the outside of the tower and gave entry to the two storeys, defined by a dressed stone string course. Each floor had a fireplace. The crenelated parapet hid the flat roof, which supported a flag pole. It is likely the tower would have been harled or white-washed.  During its later history, Gartincaber Tower was used as a Second World War lookout post and was painted white. It was later used as a trig point and again for military purposes during the 1950s and 1960s, when it was used to communicate with other points nearby, by lamp flashing. The right hand  picture is dated December 2011, on the left  April 2012 sadly what has become known as “Hurricane Bawbag” took it’s toll on this fragile structure and I doubt if it will ever be rebuilt.

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