Dunans Castle

There has been a building on the site of the present house since at least 1590 when the site was marked as Dunens on Roy’s map of Scotland. By 1801 a double-fronted manse-style house or lodge is shown, and this building relates quite closely in form to the smaller house which is presently under-going renovation. By the late 1860s the Ordnance Survey produce the most accurate and detailed map on which the present shape of the castle is visible: it is essentially two buildings linked by a two-storey utility space, the original house having been elaborated by the Edinburgh-based architect Andrew Kerr, into a residence suitable for the Procurator Fiscal of Scotland.

Even in its present sorry state, the castle, approached from the north via Dunans bridge, offers an impressive and romantic spectacle. The franco-baronial style, mixed with elements of the more austere west coast vernacular, offers a massive and overwhelming presence, set upon its own ledge above the Chaol Ghleann ravine. First-time visitors often pause involuntarily as they drive onto the bridge, for in its setting Dunans Castle is a breath-taking vista.

To support the restoration of the castle via our titles or through the Dunans Rising tartan, please click here.

Dunans Castle

As Laird or Lady of Dunans Castle you will gain access to the Lairds’ website, where details of the restoration and progress towards it will be posted. You’ll be able to subscribe to the Lairds’ newsletter, and receive access to exclusive offers for Dunans Castle memorabilia, including the right to use the Lairds of Dunans Castle insignia.

65 thoughts on “Dunans Castle

  1. Hi I. Want to buy a ladyship for my sisters 30th. I know I can do this through gift Republic. But Iv purchased other things through them (adopt a donkey an penguin) but Iv not had any communication from either so I wondered can I buy this directly from yourselves? My sister is married an has a daughter would I need to buy them titles too or can it just be my sister?

    Many thanks for your help an advice in advance

    Amy Dodd

  2. Dear Amy, Yes, of course you can – all our decorative titles are at scottishlaird.co.uk, Thanks, Charles

  3. Hi, my name is Lord Parker (plot N11010E9) i have just married to Lady Gille (plot N15116E1) would it be possible to have a new deed sent wirh her name as Lady sheena Heather Parker we woud be very please if it was…..thankyou

  4. Dear Rolf,

    Thank you for your correspondence. We do have a facility on our website to redraw a deed. If you visit http://www.scottishlaird.co.uk and select the ‘Redraw a Deed’ option then you will be able to order a new entitlement deed from us with the updated name details. Thank you and we hope to hear from you again very soon.

    Colin Laird

  5. i was at your tour on friday and had a fantastic time thanx you again you said to get in touch with you about the news letter

  6. I have written the Lord Lyon King of Arms and he does not recommend these so-called lairdships. You cannot use the title and he does not recommend their use. If you wish to make a donation to these people, it is your right. However, laird only means landlord and is not a real title. You would be better off to go to college and earn a degree. Now, that is a title worth something.

  7. Dear Henry,

    Thank you for your correspondence. The titles that we offer are decorative in nature and the reason that we sell them is to raise funds for the restoration of Dunans Castle. The Castle is a B listed structure that was very badly damaged by fire back in 2001. As it is B listed then there is no grant funding available to us and so we are using the land that we have on the estate to raise the initial stages of the money. We estimate that the total cost of the restoration will be between 5-7 million. We do advise customers that the titles are decorative and have no standing in law. We also offer tours of the estate where the Lords and Ladies can come and learn more about the site and the Scottish Laird project. I can assure you that this project is not a scam and we would kindly request that you do not post any further messages on our website suggesting that it is. If you would like to learn more about our project then you can contact me directly through help@scottishlaird.com or visit our Facebook page. Thank you for your understanding and I hope to hear from you again very soon.

    Colin Laird

  8. I wanted to buy this for my dad – hes Polish and lives in Germany. I read on a website that you needed to live in Scotland, is that correct?

  9. Hello, I have a lordship and I was wondering if I can renew my title it on my passport?
    Many thanks, Shay

  10. I think people are not understanding that you are not “buying a title”. My mother just purchased me my little square foot of land. She purchased this for me because I am very passionate about historic building preservation. Everything I will receive from her donation is clever and cute, but really, I am glad she made a contribution to the castle on my behalf. It looks beautiful, and perhaps one day I will be able to use my free tour, but I live very far away! Thank you for taking on this massive preservation effort.

  11. Dear Yvonne,

    Thank you for contacting us. There is no restriction on who can have one of our titles and so we would be happy to send one to your father. The easiest way to arrange this is to visit our website at http://www.scottishlaird.co.uk to view the full range of titles that we offer. We also have a partnership with Groupon and so you can receive the River package at a reduced cost, as long as Groupon are running the promotion at that time. If we can be of any further assistance then please email us directly at help@scottishlaird.com. Thank you and we hope to hear from you again very soon.

    Colin Laird

  12. Dear Shay,

    Thank you for contacting us. We do know that may of our Lords and Ladies have used the deed of entitlement to change details on their bank/credit cards and even their driving licence, however, as the titles are decorative, it is not possible to change a passport at the present time. Please also note that it is up to the relevant authority whether or not they will allow you to make the changes and it is not something that we can guarantee for you.
    Thank you for your understanding and we hope to hear from you again very soon.

    Colin Laird

  13. Dear Cassandra,

    Thank you so much for your very kind correspondence. The vast majority of our Lords and Ladies do appreciate that what they are really doing is to help us restore Dunans Castle. We do have a small number who take the titles much more seriously, however, we are always very happy to explain how the titles and the restoration project works.
    We do provide tours of the estate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between April and October. If you are able to join us for a tour then please contact me through help@scottishlaird.com and I will be happy to assist you further. Thank you and I hope to hear from you again very soon.

    Colin Laird

  14. We wondering how do i get the email that i says i can get from inside the pack (plot number: 1004N13215E9)

  15. Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your correspondence. I notice that you have purchased your title through a company called Gift Republic. Gift Republic act as agents on our behalf and so, although the entitlement is the same, they will produce the documents from their side and send them directly to their customers. When you register for the title then it is done through their system and so those registration details will not work on the Lairds and Ladies site.
    To access your Laird of Dunans email address, you will firstly have to register on our site at lairdsandladies.scottishlaird.com. When registering, please use the code ‘castlex1′ as this will mean that the first year of subscription is free of charge. You will be asked to complete payment details when registering. The reason we do this is so that the Lairds and Ladies who would like to make regular contributions to the restoration project can do so quickly and easily. Please note that you are under no obligation to make any payments after the first year of subscription has expired and you can simply cancel the payment arrangement at that time. Cancelling the arrangement will not affect your ability to use the site or the email address.
    Once you have registered then please log in to the site and then select ‘Lairds & Ladies’, followed by ‘Dunans’ and then ‘Email for Lords’. You will then be able to set up your email account.
    Thank you for your understanding and we hope to hear from you again very soon.

    Colin Laird

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