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First major repair in 50 years for Oban’s Dunollie Castle

First major repair in 50 years for Oban’s Dunollie Castle The first major repair works for almost fifty years are about to get underway at Dunollie Castle, which is so unstable it has forced the Trust to restrict access - but it will not be closed altogether, even during works.

The ivy, which is such a trademark of the castle, is wrenching out large stones, some of which have fallen directly onto the path up from the main road. In addition stones have fallen off the top of walls, and some window lintels are dangerously under-supported.

The state of the castle and the path has caused concern for some time, recently accelerated by the forced closure of the path and fencing off of part of the castle following an inspection last month by Historic Scotland, health and safety specialists, and the architect.

Rolling repairs are not an option with monuments of this importance, and planning for works is itself a major process which has taken the MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust three years to complete.

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