According to James Paterson in History of the Counties of Ayr & Wigton Scotland: Carrick, it was used by Robert Bruce in his battles in the area which cannot apply to the present building which is not old enough. The brother of Dlrymple of Stair was supposedly executed here in the C17.
As a Kennedy House it was used as a way station between their other more significant properties.
Today, the tower is ruined and requires a way across land to get to. You can view exterior and study close up as you wish.
Exit B734 at Colmonell and turn south on Neilson Road. After Ford House turn right (West) . Stop after 300 yards or after road does big "meander", park car and then walk
Bardrochat is a substantial country house standing high on a hill overlooking the Ayrshire village of Colmonell, not far from Ballantrae. The house commands impressive views of rolling hills, wooded copses and the sudden inclines of ancient settlements, giving way to the open sea around the stubborn symmetry of Ailsa Craig.
The remnants of a 16th Century three storied Tower House with a garret in height. Occupied by the Kennedy’s, till 1843 when it was bought by one Col Barton of Ballaird, a hero of Waterloo, after which time it fell into disrepair.
Situated a mere 70 yards from the beach and boasting stunning views over the sea to Arran and the Irish Coast, this charming, semi-detached cottage is located in the pretty village of Ballantrae and sits d...