After years of being at risk, Fairburn Tower near Inverness looks likely to be saved thanks to plans announced by
The Landmark Trust
in May 2018. Though funding partners for the £1.8 million project to fully restore the property and use it for holiday accommodation have still to be found,
Historic Environment Scotland
have given their full support and contributed a £455,000 grant towards it.
Once a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie A-listed Fairburn Tower was built for Murdo Mackenzie in 1545 and is a rare example of a tower largely unaltered. Evidence of its original form are still visible despite its poor state which should ensure a faithful restoration is possible.
The Scottish Castles Association are delighted at the prospect of seeing Fairburn Tower restored to its former glory. To see its condition around 1900, read our Past and Present article by
The Landmark Trust's website contains more information on the restoration plans and shows images of the interior of Fairburn Tower as well as telling the interesting tale of the 17th century mystic Brahan Seer who foretold that 'the Mackenzies of Fairburn shall lose their entire possessions; their castle will become inhabited and a cow shall give birth to a calf in the uppermost chamber'. Read more about The Landmark Trust's plans by clicking