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Tarbert Castle

FUNDERS & PARTNERS: Tarbert & Skipness Community Trust, Northlight Heritage
LOCATION: Tarbert, Argyll


This project aims to improve visitor access to Tarbert Castle and help ensure its preservation.   In 2012, during the first phase of a conservation programme, we undertook a terrestrial laser scan survey of Tarbert Castle and the surrounding area.  The scanning survey has produced a detailed 3D dataset of the site remains, extending to about 2 hectares.  The extraordinary accuracy of the survey techniques allowed us to capture all of the exposed remains of the tower house, the inner and outer baileys, the drum towers and the remains of the medieval burgh surrounding the castle. The results will provide the foundation for a 3D visualisation project.  They’ll also assist with future research work and site analysis, investigation and monitoring as the community works to develop the site and enhance the potential for interpreting the local historic landscape for visitors and residents.