So­ci­ety vol­un­teers clear the way to cas­tle ru­ins

The Oban Times - - News -

RU­INS of a me­dieval cas­tle in Lochaber can now be safely ac­cessed again, thanks to the hard work of vol­un­teers.

Mem­bers of Lochaber Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety cleared veg­e­ta­tion from the old tower house at Tor­cas­tle, near Banavie, which had be­come hid­den be­hind the over­grown jun­gle.

The sched­uled mon­u­ment was orig­i­nally the property of Clan Chattan be­fore it came into the pos­ses­sion of the MacIn­toshes in the late 13th cen­tury. It was later oc­cu­pied by the Camerons and is thought to have re­mained the seat of th­ese chiefs un­til the 17th Cameron built his res­i­dence at Ach­nacarry in the mid 1600s.

The clear­ance has also al­lowed a last­ing record of the mon­u­ment to be cre­ated through sur­veys car­ried out on the land.

Robert Cairns of Lochaber Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety said: ‘Our vol­un­teers put an in­cred­i­ble amount of hard work into the care of this mon­u­ment and we are proud of the re­sults. We’ve al­ready had a num­ber of visi­tors com­ing up and say­ing how nice the site looks.’

AF­TER: The Tor­cas­tle re­mains can now be eas­ily spot­ted and

ac­cessed.

BE­FORE: The re­mains of Tor­cas­tle tower house were hid­den be­hind

over­grown veg­e­ta­tion.

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