Revealing Peel Tower
The tower house, or peel, on Castle Semple Loch, has been identified as a significant feature within the Garnock Connections landscape, and has been designated as a nationally important scheduled monument. However, it has suffered from neglect and vandalism, resulting in thick vegetation cover, trees heavily embedded within the masonry, mortar hungry joints, and the downtaking of architectural features, such as the newel stair. Its survival is now very much at risk.
Revealing Peel Tower will consolidate and interpret the remains of the monument, ensuring its survival and making it a valuable heritage asset for the local community. Visitors to both the RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve and the Castle Semple Visitor Centre will also benefit from interpretation of Peel Tower being added to the current visitor offer. The consolidation work on Peel Tower will include the archaeological excavation of the fallen rubble within the monument and the removal of Invasive Non-Native Plant Species from the scheduled area. Excavation of the rubble and clearing the covering vegetation will not only increase access to the site but may also provide new information on the construction, use, and history of the Peel Tower.
Did you know?
A small bronze cannon, bearing the arms of James V, was recovered from Castle Semple Loch near the site of the Peel Tower
(Picture: Wikipedia: Replica falconet aboard the replica tall ship Half Moon)