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A Scottish Longhouse

The Corr
25 x 35 cm

I came across this old building a while ago. It has a thatched roof and looks very old. A local farmer told me that, until fairly recently, it was live‌d in by two elderly sisters. I have since discovered that it is a very rare example of a surviving longhouse, a type of dwelling once common in Scotland. They were simple buildings with only one or two rooms and an animal byre. The walls were very thick and they were set into the ground to protect them from the wind and the cold.

This one, known as The Corr, is being offered for sale, but at a price of £200,000 I don't know who is going to be interested. I think it will cost a lot to renovate it and there will be a lot of planning restrictions. It really needs a national conservation organisation to take it over.


  1. Hi there Keith!... Your lovely watercolour portrait of the Longhouse along with your running commentary made the visit very enjoyable!

    We have similar buildings... one right across from our Gallery well worth preserving... yet dangling on the very edge of demolition ... due to the incredulous costs of renovating.

    In these trying economic times... historic societies dedicated to preservation of these heritage buildings simply can't get the necessary monies required top restore them... or keep them in repair even. A real pity!

    Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed the post!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  2. Beautiful witness to history. Here too the restoration of these old buildings cost a fortune. Good weekend.

  3. Hi Bruce,

    If old buildings and wild landscapes were given their true value in spiritual and cultural well-being, maybe things would be different. Unfortunately, these things don't look very important on economists' balance sheets.

    All the best,

  4. This is a beautiful painting with such warmth. The National trust for Scotland should perhaps take it on.
    I would love to live in it, but it's a bit pricey for me!

  5. Perhaps they could buy it and let it out for holidays, Gwen. :-)

  6. What a lovely watercolor.. In your country it is not surprising to see buildings that are hundreds of years old, here in this country homes are considered old that were built in 1925. I know , as I lived in one about 10 years ago.. Everyone thought that was a very old house.. There is nothing like the charm of an old wood frame house here in the South..
    You can keep them as treasures just by your wonderful paintings.

  7. A delicate and bonny watercolour painting that depicts one of our Scottish Longhouses. I hope someone caring buys it and restores it Keith.

  8. Hi Barbra Joan. I think you have some lovely buildings there in the South. They may not be as old as ours, but they have been there long enough to become part of their surroundings. Wooden buildings are as much a part of your landscape as stone ones are for us.

  9. I really like this Keith. Again your economic use of colour and brush strokes have created a beautifully simple yet captivating study. Your commentary is extremely interesting and it is such a shame to imagine this fine old building crumbling away due to financial neglect. Thank you for another wonderful post.


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