Mingary Castle has for years been in a dangerous state of decay. At last night's Community Council meeting, Donald Houston of Ardnamurchan Estate announced that work is about to start on what he hopes will be a complete refurbishment of the castle.
This is a castle of national importance, the seat of Clan MacIain, a sept of the MacDonalds which was once one of the most powerful in the Highlands. I am sure that there are many who will be as thrilled as I am that the castle is to be saved.
To celebrate, the Diary is publishing a brief history of the castle. As with the local township histories - accessible under the heading 'W Ardnamurchan Histories' in the right-hand column of this blog - this is very much as work in progress.
The history is here.
A report of the community Council meeting is here.