The Mingary Castle restoration blog was written by Jon Haylett, who lives in the local village of Kilchoan. Now that restoration is almost complete Holly and Chris Bull will take over to report on bringing the Castle back to life.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Mingary Castle in the 1890s

This photograph of Mingary Castle has been sent me by Iain Thornber, a local archaeologist and historian who lives on Morvern.  Iain writes a weekly column in the Oban Times, our local paper.

Iain dates the picture to some time in the 1890s.

The nearest equivalent picture I have in my library is this one, taken from a little further away and not so far out on the rocks - and before the scaffolding went up.  The main differences one notices are that two of the chimneys have gone.  Otherwise, the castle has survived the 120 years remarkably well.

Next time we have a very low tide, I'll try to get out on the wave-cut platform and take the identical view.

Many thanks to Iain for letting us publish his photograph.


  1. The kind of work that's being done to restore Mingary Castle should be applied to Wingfield Manor as well. I certainly would love to see that ruined site follow in the footsteps of Mingary Castle. Do you agree? Here is the link:

  2. Only one of the chimneys is still accounted for. Does this mean that the debris are mostly inside of the castle? or in the moat. Have they been identified?

    Denis M.

  3. The rock from the other chimneys is probably inside the castle and moat. It can't be identified as from a chimney, so all this material has been taken up to the dry store to be cleaned, and will be used in the rebuilding process.