Aerial views of buildings like Mingary Castle give a first-class view as well as a wonderful sense of place. We were therefore extremely fortunate that local historian and archaeologist Iain Thornber, who writes a regular column in our local newspaper, The Oban Times, happened to be passing the castle yesterday in a helicopter - and in perfect weather conditions. He took these pictures, and has generously allowed us to publish them.
The first shows the castle in its setting, with Mingary House to the left and the Ardnamurchan Estate steading (farmyard) at upper left. The tide is fairly low, so the complex of bays are clearly visible: the one immediately to the left of the castle is called Port Ur.
clachan, the old village that existed on this site up until the clearances of the mid-nineteenth century, so they may date back to an early stage in the castle's history.
Many thanks indeed to Iain Thornber for the pictures.