In the heart of Glendaruel, in Argyll County, is Dunans Castle. The history of this estate, located about 100 kilometres from Glasgow, is a dream come true. Owned by the Campbell clan until the 18th century and then by the Fletcher clan, it offers some of the most beautiful remains in Scottish history. Its bridge, completed in 1815, with its gargoyles and three arches, is part of the country's historical heritage. The estate also houses the Douglas Fir Stronardron, the largest tree in Great Britain. At 63 metres high, he reigns majestically over a 16-acre green park.
Transformed into a Franco-Baronial style castle in 1864 by the architect Andrew Kerr, Dunans passed through the centuries gloriously. But in 2001, the building was destroyed by a fire. It was therefore to renovate this exceptional heritage that the current owners had the idea, in 2003, to sell parcels of land. The reforested park reopened to the public in 2006 before the restoration of the castle began in 2007.
To finance this major project, the owners had the very nice idea of involving anyone who wants to participate. Thus, everyone can acquire a piece of the estate and thus contribute to the reconstruction of this exceptional site. This initiative, led in France by France Agora, has its share of surprises in store. To begin with, the acquisition of a piece of land provides a transferable title to Lord (or Laird in Scottish) Dunans and a reservation for two people to visit the plot. The future Lord and Lady also have access to the right to fish on the property, free lifetime access to the estate, the bridge and the Stronardron Fir.
Those who are passionate about large green spaces will be delighted by the visit of the Argyll region. Because if the castle and its estate already offer great emotions, the Scottish county also offers an infinite coastline and a rich panorama of mountains, valleys, lochs and woods.
To learn more about this initiative and perhaps find an exceptional gift idea for Christmas, feel free to visit the France Agora website and Dunans.org.