Society volunteers clear the way to castle ruins
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
BEFORE: The remains of Torcastle tower house were hidden behind