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Bringing History and Nature to Life


Argyll + Bute, Scotland, PA29 6UD


Added at 01:20 on 30 October 2021


On Thursday 2 July 2020, our professional archaeologist Roddy Reagan, in conducting a preliminary investigation at the east (i.e. Loch Fyne) end of the castle site, discovered a significant, but previously unconfirmed, entrance to the defences.  This gateway, which includes a dressed red sandstone doorway featuring a portcullis slot, lies between the twin "drum" towers which face east towards the outer harbour and the sea loch beyond.

This is a major discovery  -  not only for Tarbert Castle, but also as a significant expansion of the recorded knowledge of Scottish medieval fortresses.

In centre of this view, looking towards the ground, is dressed red sandstone of doorway, incorporating the portcullis slot.

We already have consent for a small dig in this location, but we have been able to proceed with this investigation due only to a generous donation of support, received in June 2020, from a gentleman in the Lake District.

Understandably, we are now more keen than ever to expand the dig, with our volunteers assisting to further record details.  However, to do so, we will need to find approximately £2500.

At this difficult time  -  COVID-19  -  we would appreciate hugely any donation which our friends, visitors, and supporters are able to offer by way of helping us to do justice to this already exciting development.

To that end, you may find that the following details are helpful:- 

Bank Account

Tarbert Castle Trust

Bank of Scotland

Account No. 16933361

Sort code  80-22-60

Alternatively, a cheque made out to TCT, and posted to our Secretary & Treasurer Robert McPhail MBE, at Sonamarg, Ileene Rd, TARBERT, PA29 6TU, would have the same, very welcome, effect.

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