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Dunollie gets share of £840,000 for conservation project

Badly needed repairs to the outer walls and tower of the 15th-century Dunollie Castle have been awarded £141,605, from the Historic Environment Repair Grant programme.

The conservation work forms part of a wider regeneration programme for the castle which includes the museum and grounds and will support ongoing work on ancient monuments with special historical or archaeological significance to Scotland.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "This funding for the restoration and repair of historic sites underlines the Scottish Government's commitment, through the work of Historic Environment Scotland, to preserving our incredible built heritage for future generations.”

In 1998, Dunollie Castle was gifted for safekeeping to the MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust by the MacDougall family, and this latest restoration grant will help locals and visitors discover the life of the Clan MacDougall throughout the ages.

Work is scheduled to start on the third phase of a project which will help preserve this unique landmark and help provide enhanced 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.

Once complete, visitors can learn about the history of the castle, Clan MacDougall and life on the west coast of Scotland through a new joint captivating tales, enchanting trails and starting in April 2020, some traditional song and dance at an evening ceilidh at The View.

Joint tickets for a Guided Tour of Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds plus a Ceilidh Night are now available to book online.

Credit: Photography by John Gibb

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