Dunollie Castle and Kilbride Kirkyard

Dunollie Castle occupies the summit of a rocky promontory towards the N end of Oban Bay and is located next to Dunollie House.

The castle consists of a tower house with an associated courtyard and is believed to be 15th century in date. Excavations in the 1970's, however, have identified that the castle sits on top of much earlier remains.

The MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust (MDPT) preserves and cares for the artefacts, archives and buildings relating to the Clan MacDougall, of which Dunollie Castle belongs to. Kilbride Kirkyard is located to the south of Oban and is the burial site for the Clan MacDougall and other families in the area.

The kirk ruins occupying the graveyard are 18th century in date but replace a much earlier 13th century kirk. Kilbride Kirkyard is in private ownership. The MDPT approached the Adopt-a-Monument scheme to steer them through a number of ambitious archaeological and heritage projects they wish to undertake over the coming years. Similarly to Tarbert Castle, they are hoping to consolidate the remains of Dunollie Castle tower but they also have ambitions to raise awareness of the castle and Kilbride graveyard through archaeological investigation and event programmes , find ways of decreasing the amount of vandalism at the castle, develop stronger relationships with the local community, and provide opportunities for young people and adults to be involved.

A volunteer task force is now in place and following training in project planning, plane table survey and graveyard recording, the team hope to start recording the remains at Kilbride over the autumn and winter.

Local authority

Argyll and Bute


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Dunollie Castle and Kilbride Kirkyard members



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