The oldest barn, now a tumbledown, dates from the late18th cent. and was part of a development that became North Leac na Ban (Lecknaban, Leachnaban,etc) of which the rent rolls say “These houses new built not very good” but they are still here in one guise or another.
It was a drying barn and has the distinctive triangular windows common to this part of Argyll (Arichonan, Kilmory Oib, and somewhere in the hinterland of Kilmartin) There is a central door on both sides, with the threshing floor in between to allow the prevailing wind to take out the chaff. The farm also has the remains of a drying kiln, so Argyll was wet then!.
Coming north to south the next barn is Angus’s barn called after a former tenant. It is a rebuild on the site of a house, and like the drying barn incorporates enormous stones at a height that suggests a massive ingestion of porridge.
The barn still has its cobbled floor and one end contains a bothy for the seasonal shepherd. It is also DRY and will be housing yet more STUFF when we run out of space in the others
Next to Angus’s barn is our oldest tree, a 250 year old Beech, sadly, suffering from honey fungus.
Then comes the drying kiln behind which is the “Fear Mor”, a colossal recumbent monolith weighing in at 14/16 tons.(the usual way!) Then the fank, built on the same plan as a house, and currently being snuggled up to by a derelict landrover (any anoraks, please contact),then
The Tractor Barn, is in what was South Leac na Ban and was originally a house with the end wall removed to provide access, it is in close association with the Green Barn, so called because of tin roof, also a house base, with the walls reduced to 3ft for use as an inby fank, the stone may well have gone into the Victorian Barn. We re-roofed it using an A frame that sits on the lowered walls.
This barn is currently being used as a maternity ward for our Herdwick ladies.
And so to the Victorian Barn, the subject of this blog, so called because of the proportions and the use of dressed stone in the facings, it may have been an improvement by the Poltalloch Estate, which was very keen on improving the lot of its tenants, not a course of action always appreciated by them.
Judging from the original fixtures it was a stable adapted to house cattle as well as a horse.
At the turn of the last century there were three working horses.