Work has started on a multimillion-pound project to save what is thought to be the best-preserved 13th- century castle in Scotland. Mingary Castle, near Kilchoan, lies on the most westerly point of the British mainland, on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, and was a strategic stronghold for many clan chiefs
It is thought the castle has not been lived in or had any work done to excavate or restore it in more than 150 years.
Donald Houston, owner of Ardnamurchan Estate which includes the castle, has undertaken the renovation task and told the Press and Journal that it was a now or never' project.
The castle restoration has been boosted by the backing of Historic Scotland, in addition to already having charitable status.
Whilst no long-term plans for the site have been confirmed, it is thought that future uses may include luxury housing or a visitor centre.
An Edinburgh based archaeological team have commenced excavation on parts of the castle in order to preserve any artifacts and have already unearthed pieces of leather and a medieval bucket. Other finds include bones, large nails, pieces of glass and pieces of chinaware that could date from the 18th century.
The project can be views on www.mingarycastle.co.uk
Source: Press and Journal