Dunollie Castle in final push for third phase restoration funds

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Work is scheduled to start next week on the third phase of a project to restore Oban’s Dunollie Castle.

The planned improvements come after the castle was awarded £141,000 from Historic Environment Scotland.

The work, due to start on Monday February 24, will mean the public will get access to the upstairs of the tower. After the four walls are secured, a second flight of ancient stairs will be unveiled, leading to a new viewing platform on the second floor.

The team behind the conservation work includes Iain Campbell, principal of CP Architects, Ben Adam of David Narro conservation engineers, archaeologist Roddy Reagon and Gary Simpson of Heritage Consolidation Ltd and his team of stonemasons who worked on the first two phases of the restoration.

In 1998, Dunollie Castle was gifted for safekeeping to the MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust (DPT) by the McDougall family. In 2013, the castle had to be closed to the public because of falling masonry.

Since then, the charity has been working hard to raise funds to preserve this unique landmark.

The overall cost of this latest work is £224,000. As well as the grant from Historic Environment Scotland, the Dunollie team has raised more than £30,000 and is working hard to hit its target.

Businesses in the area are being invited to join the Save Our Skyline campaign, where they can book an advertising banner on the fencing around Dunollie Castle for the chance to be seen by the 22,000 visitors who visit the site annually.

To find out more about the conservation work or how you can help raise funds, contact info@dunollie.org.