The breakup of the dolerite is slow but inexorable, but it has reached the point where, unless something drastic is done urgently, the community will wake up to the pile of rubble it so dreads. The other day we had an earthquake in the area - a mere 2.8 on the Richter scale, but people heard and felt it - and one person said, "Is that Mingary falling down?" He wasn't joking.
So the first thing that has to be done is to consolidate the dolerite by underpinning the castle's great walls. I have no idea what this will cost, the numbers must be fearsome, but the Mingary Castle Preservation & Restoration Trust has already started this task - more details to follow. It's not a moment too soon, and we'll breathe a sigh of relief once it's done.
& Wighton Jagger Shaw Architects, with thanks.