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Restorers alerted to plight of Scotland's finest buildings

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Some of Scotland's finest and quirkiest buildings, from Grade A castles to a pub, have been highlighted for purchasers in a desperate attempt to stop them crumbling into ruin.

The buildings have been drawn from a new 'At Risk' register of at least 2000 which aims to tempt restorers to buy, patch up and re-use the buildings. They include the Grade A Inchdrewer Castle near Banff, Aberdeenshire, with its thin stair turret and round tower built around 1500 and with later additions. It has been abandoned since 1970, has broken windows and is uninhabitable, says the Scottish Civic Trust's Buildings At Risk Bulletin.

Other Grade A buildings in the bulletin are Aberdeenshire's Glen O'Dee Hospital, a former tb clinic designed by George Coutts and turned into a hotel in 1934; an eighteenth-century cruck barn and old coach house, both in Dumfries & Galloway; and Edinburgh's disused Broughton MacDonald Church, designed in 1820 by Archibald Elliot with Doric portico and rubble flanks.

Also on the list are a Grade B nineteenth-century castellated folly with tower in Fife, and a Glasgow Art Deco 1939 cinema by CJ McNair with cream tiles, also Grade B. A two-storey B-listed attic tenement including a Georgian pre-Licensing Act pub, is also crying out for a sympathetic owner to mend its collapsed floors, says the £5 bulletin.

Contact: Buildings At Risk Office, Scottish Civic Trust, Tobacco Merchant's House, 42 Miller Street, Glasgow G2 1EF, 0141 221 1466.

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