Duart Appeal

Duart Appeal


An appeal from the Chief of the Clan Maclean


The main source of concern at Duart is the water penetration into the Castle. In the winter of 2013-14 we lost four ceilings, which were brought down by water penetration through the chimneys.

At the Clan Congress on Mull in June 2012 I told the Macleans present that my family could no longer afford the repairs that we had undertaken at the Castle in the previous 100 years. I asked them if they would help with the repairs that we needed to do to make the Castle watertight.

There are some major areas of water penetration that we are trying to stop. The situation has now become so bad that some of the pictures and items on display are being affected by water.

The unanimous response of those present was that they wanted to help. I am therefore launching this appeal to both Macleans and members of the public who are interested in saving Duart for future generations.

The pointing of the walls, the state of the asphalt on the walkways, and the re-pointing of all the chimneys add up to a cost of over £1.2 million. I have received support from Historic Scotland, and the family have committed to make a contribution as well, but we are still left with over £600,000 to raise.

Castle history

The Keep at Duart was built in 1360 when Lachlan Lubanach, the 5th Chief, married Mary Macdonald, the daughter of the Lord of the Isles. She brought Duart as her dowry. Lachlan built the Keep and the north-west part of the site. The other two wings were added in the 16th and 17th centuries.

My family lost the Castle in the late 17th century when the Earl of Argyll took the Castle and our lands to pay off the family’s debts. In 1911 my great-grandfather, Sir Fitzroy Maclean, the 26th Chief, bought back the Castle and in the period up to the First World War restored it to the building you see today.

There are major leaks around the windows in the Banqueting Hall
Water runs down the Keep stairs in a stream

Duart remains one of the few original clan seats that has survived as the home of the Chief and his family while also being open to the public.

If you are concerned about Duart and its long-term future, both for the Clan and for Scotland, then I ask if you would please make a contribution to the appeal.

How to donate

Cheques (in £ sterling only, please) made payable to Duart Castle Restoration Fund should be sent to Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, Argyll, PA64 6AP, United Kingdom

If you use online banking, electronic transfers can be made directly to our account. For transfers from within the UK, this is Sort Code: 80-22-60, Account No. 11131662.  For international transfers, please use these details:

Bank of Scotland, Teviot House, 41, South Gyle Crescent. Edinburgh, EH12 9DR United Kingdom


IBAN         GB07BOFS80226011131662

As all donations are important to restoring the Castle, it will be my pleasure to thank donors in writing, so please include a name and address when sending a cheque

Donors who contribute £200 & above will be recognised as Duart Castle Guardians and receive a unique badge (pin) and certificate.

Those who donate £1,000 & above will be known as Duart Castle Life Guardians and also will receive a photograph of the Castle signed by me and be granted lifetime access to the public areas of the Castle during opening hours.

Further, Patron (£5,000 & above) and Chief’s Circle (£25,000 & above) donors also will receive mementos to mark their special contributions.

Chief’s Circle donors will have their names inscribed in stone and Patrons and Life Guardians will have their names written into registers held in the Castle. In the future, relatives visiting Duart and sighting the names of these donors will feel great pride in the roles their ancestors played in sustaining the Castle.

Donations made over time will be progressively aggregated to target donor categories as outlined above. When sending cheques, please include your name and address, so that we can thank you and record you as a donor (unless you wish to remain anonymous). For the same reason, please send us your name and address by e-mail when you make an online transfer.

For further information, please contact us