Corehouse- The Open Estate

Corehouse Estate, with the beautiful Corehouse building at its centre, sits above the southern bank of the Upper Clyde and includes three of the four waterfalls that make up the magnificent Falls of Clyde.

The house, designed by Sir Edward Blore and built in the 1820s, is a pioneering example of the Tudor architectural revival in Scotland. Within the estate stand the remains of Corra Castle, a 15th-century fortified farmhouse built by the Bannatyne family, defensively located above Corra Linn Falls, with steep cliffs on three sides. The ruins comprise the remains of a tower with basement cellars, a small courtyard to its east and an underground dungeon.

The estate, like so many others, provides the land and infrastructure for four agricultural businesses as well as cottage accommodation for several families. There is a small woodland business with a sawmill that converts home-grown coniferous timber into stobs, fencing and softwood products cut to order and sale.

Part of Corehouse Estate is included in the New Lanark world Heritage Site and the original intention was to tie in the Corra Linn landscape to the designation, a proposal not supported by UNESCO. Records show that 150 years before the ‘right to responsible access’, Corehouse was a regular destination for the people of Glasgow and surrounding areas, coming to see the magnificent falls, but also the exceptional designed landscape of Corehouse.

In more recent times, Scottish Wildlife Trust have a management agreement with Corehouse Estate to add to their interests on the North bank. According to their calculations, close to 10,000 people visit the Corehouse part of the Falls of Clyde Reserve on the Falls of Clyde Site of Special Scientific Interest (formerly the Corehouse Nature Reserve), a part of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve. This is an area of mixed woodland, including semi-natural native oakwoods and some areas of conifer plantation, which provides suitable habitat for badgers, roe deer, and over 100 species of bird. Within the reserve, the Clyde River is a suitable habitat for otters and kingfishers as well as the protected brook lamprey.

In addition to the public access and wildlife, the estate has for over 80 years encouraged scouts to camp in the arboretum. The owners, Drs David and Maja Cranstoun, continue the open ethos on the estate where, for 25 days in the spring and autumn, the house is open for guided tours and for specific groups describing the past uses of estate and its structures.