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Mingary Castle secret passages discovered – The Scotsman

Old castleSECRET passages that were sealed up around 500 years ago have been discovered during restoration work at a ruined castle on the most westerly point on the British mainland.

A room, which is high enough to stand up in, was also uncovered during an archaeological dig at Mingary Castle, near Kilchoan, Ardnamuchan.

It is believed they were filled in to make the walls more robust following the invention of cannons.

The 13th century castle has not been occupied for more than 150 years.

But its owner, Donald Houston, has been granted permission to turn the ruin into a residential property, through the Mingary Preservation Trust, and work is now under way to restore it to its former glory at a cost of around £2 million.

Local historian Jon Haylett, who has been following the project, yesterday explained that archaeologists discovered the room while excavating a passageway in the north wall of the historic building.

via Mingary Castle secret passages discovered – The Scotsman.

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January 16, 2014 - Posted by | Civilian | , ,

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