Skyline Dunollie Castle Fundraiser

February 2020
08:00 PM GMT
March 2020
04:00 PM GMT
GOAL £5,000.00
27.8% To Goal

About Our Auction

In 1998 Dunollie Castle was gifted for safekeeping to the charity ‘The MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust’ (DPT) by the MacDougall family.

In 2013, falling stones demanded the closure of the castle for public safety. The charity has been working hard since then to preserve this important monument.

£750,000 has been raised to date from grants and donations to invest in three phases of works to prevent further collapse. In 2014 the castle compound was reopened safely to the public, followed by the vaulted basement in 2016. The third phase will be completed this spring allowing access to the upper levels of the castle tower.

As the only scheduled monument in Oban, Dunollie Castle is a part of the town's heritage and is enjoyed by many; from international visitors tracing their ancestry, school groups learning about local history, fond sight for locals passing on the ferry or a place of beauty and relaxation for our community.

Over the past year, DPT has been actively working on fundraising to ensure this important third phase of works could go ahead, at an overall cost of £224,000.

DPT was thrilled with the recent news of an award of £141,605 from Historic Environment Scotland, and through efforts of the Dunollie team a further £36,000 has been raised to date with donations from visitors to the attraction as well as generous contributions from The Clan MacDougall Society of North America.

Now the final fundraising push to hit the £224,000 target has begun, we are auctioning some fantastic prizes which have been generously donated, as well as some special gems and new items from Dunollie.

Help us save Oban's Skyline!

About MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust

The MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust (DPT) was set up in 1998 to preserve the heritage of the Clan and family MacDougall. DPT is entrusted with outstanding collections of historic buildings, objects, textiles and archives dating from 14th century, surrounding Dunollie Castle, historic house and landscape.

Dunollie Castle has set the horizon over Oban bay for more than eight centuries. This is Oban’s only scheduled ancient monument and is a nationally significant castle, revealing information about early medieval royal sites in Scotland and the populating of the West Coast.

The castle is of great importance to the local community and people across the world, for whom it is a historic landmark, an emotive icon, a clan seat and an important tourist attraction. It is the foundation of our growing Visitor Attraction - Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds.

The physical heritage assets at Dunollie were neglected for many years until a project began in 2003 to unearth the treasures here. Since then, there has been speedy development including 2 phases of conservation works on Dunollie Castle. We are now undertaking the third phase of works, which will importantly complete the structural consolidation of the ruined castle tower.

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