The present house at Ardkinglas was completed in the autumn of 1907 after a miraculously short construction period of eighteen months. However, the speed of construction did not result in any loss of quality and Ardkinglas is generally considered to be the architect Sir Robert Lorimer's masterpiece. The quality of the materials is matched by the skill and creativity of the craftsmen. Alongside these traditional strengths the design incorporated a wealth of new technology cavity walls, concrete floors, electrical lighting and power, a goods lift, central heating and the latest sanitary fittings, an extensive telephone system, three safes, top quality ironmongery, a fully equipped vast kitchen and a scullery with numerous larders. The original achievement is still evident as the house remains largely unaltered.
Guided tours of Ardkinglas House on Fridays at 2:30pm April-October.