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Dumbarton Castle gets a makeover

Helicopter lift signals start of conservation work at castle where Mary, Queen of Scots took shelter before fleeing for France.

A helicopter lift will signal the start of a £42,000 conservation project by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to restore a stone sentry turret at the castle where Mary, Queen of Scots took shelter before fleeing for France.

The sentry cupola, which would have provided shelter to soldiers standing watch over Dumbarton, was constructed during renovations which took place between 1600 and 1700. These were intended to convert the medieval castle visited by Scottish royalty into a modern artillery fortress. In winter 2016, it was struck by lightning, and since then HES has been developing plans to conserve the prominent feature.

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