MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust

MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust

At a glance

Causes

  • Museums / heritage

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
National - Scotland

Objectives

Nothing can be more wildly beautiful than the situation of Dunollie

Sir Walter Scott.

For over a thousand years, Dunollie has stood vigil over the gateway to the Isles and as such has witnessed Scotland’s key historic events. From the times of the first Kings of Scotland, the early years of the Clan MacDougall and the turbulence of the Jacobite Rebellion to the period of the first World War, Dunollie today offers visitors a unique window into our past through its unparalleled collection of artefacts, textiles, and archives.

But the site’s significance isn’t just rooted in our rich and fascinating past — Dunollie is, above all, a place of community, both here in Oban and further afield. 

That’s why, alongside our vital preservation work, the MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust is equally dedicated to our community engagement and education projects. It is our hope that people of all ages and backgrounds, from Oban, from Scotland, and from further afield, will continue to connect with their heritage, forge new friendships and learn new skills, work towards a healthy, sustainable future, and feel truly welcome in the worldwide Dunollie community.

Activities

Dunollie isn’t just a spectacular backdrop for the town of Oban; it’s a vital thread that weaves its way through the community, reflecting the past, the present, and the future for our local, global, and even our digital visitors.  

For people of all ages and backgrounds, from Oban and from further afield, a trip to Dunollie feels like coming home. That is why the work of the MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust has been, and will continue to be, so important.

Set in an outstanding post-Ice Age landscape, standing proudly on the mound overlooking the Bay of Oban, Dunollie has borne witness — and in certain cases played a pivotal role — in some of Scotland’s most significant historic events. 

From the early settlement of the first Kings of Scotland, the early years of the Clan MacDougall, and the turbulence of the Jacobite Rebellion, to the period of the first World War, today’s visitors to Dunollie are offered a rich tapestry of clues to our fascinating past through our unparalleled collection of artefacts and archives as well as our Medieval Castle Ruin, 1745 House Museum, and wildly beautiful historic grounds.

Our dedication to education and engagement work provides a strong and continuing connection with our community, improving social health, and inspiring people of all generations to forge new skills and build their confidence. And our exciting future plans will always have preservation, sustainability, and inclusion at their heart…

So future generations can uncover more of Dunollie’s secrets. So we can continue to strengthen that connection with our communities at home and abroad. So we can introduce people of all ages, from all backgrounds to our fascinating heritage.

So more people can come home to Dunollie.

The MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust is a charitable organisation. As such we rely entirely on external funding, along with the income we receive from visitors, to continue the work we do to preserve the site, support the local community through our engagement initiatives, and make Dunollie more accessible to all.

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