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Hunterston Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland

Hunterston Castle is on the coast NW of West Kilbride, N Ayrshire (on the coast SW of Glasgow), SW Scotland, see map.
This is a strategic location at the mouth of the Clyde, the main sea access to Glasgow.



Hunterston Castle.
Photo 2007 by Wayne Evans.
Light adjusted digitally. See larger and original.





The original Hunter lands were Ardneil (or "Arnele" or "Arnell" or "Arnelle"). Ardneil Bay extends from West Kilbride towards Portencross on the S side of the Hunterston Peninsula. Ardneil is on the road between Portencross and West Kilbride, see map.

The present estate of Hunterston is to the N of this, to the NW of West Kilbride, see map.
The old spelling of the family was "Huntar", and the estate, "Huntarstown".
[Burkes LG] says that Hunter of Hunterston "owned the present estates as early as the time of Alexander II, King of Scotland" (reigned 1214-49).

Hunterston Castle first built 13th cent. by Hunter, Laird of Hunterston.
The 14th Laird built the Great Hall at Hunterston 1500.

The Hunterston Peninsula (the lands of the Castle) was zoned for industrialisation in the 20th cent, with a Compulsory Purchase Order in 1956 by the South of Scotland Electricity Board.
A nuclear power station, "Hunterston A", was built on Hunterston lands on the W (sea) side of the Castle (see map), construction began 1957, opened 1964.
"Hunterston B" nuclear power station was built adjacent to Hunterston A, construction began 1967, opened 1976.
Hunterston A closed in 1989.
Hunterston B is still running, scheduled to be decommissioned in 2016.





Hunterston House (to N) and Hunterston Castle (to S).
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From Google Maps.



Hunterston Castle.
Photo 2007 by Wayne Evans. See full size.



Hunterston Castle.
Photo 2006 by Ian Rainey.
From here. See terms of use.



Hunterston Castle.
Photo 2006 by Marian Aelick.
Light adjusted. See larger and original.
See other 2006 photo by Marian Aelick.




Side and rear



Hunterston Castle. Side.
Photo 2006 by Marian Aelick.
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Hunterston Castle. Side and rear.
Photo 2007 by Wayne Evans. See full size.




Hunterston House

Hunterston House was built close to the old castle, starting 1799.


Hunterston House.
Photo 2007 by Wayne Evans. See full size.



Hunterston House.
Photo 2006 by Marian Aelick.
See full size.



Hunterston House.
Photo 2006 by Marian Aelick.
See full size.





Hunterston Castle (interior and surrounds)




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