Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership Working Hard to Conserve Local Landmark
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Lochore Castle is also known as Inchgall Castle, meaning the ‘Island of Strangers’ and was the island fortress of Adam de Vallance, a Knight from the 13th century. As part of the Living Lomonds Project, Benarty Heritage Group and Fife Coast and Countryside Trust are working to conserve this local landmark and open it to the public.
Our goal is to stabilise and conserve Lochore Castle, allowing its significance as a rare mediaeval building to be researched and explained, and its potential iconic status at Lochore Meadows to be realised.
To date Benarty Heritage Preservation Group (BHPG) and the Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership (LLLP) have secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Fife Council, Fife Environment Trust, Historic Scotland and the Dalrymple Donaldson Fund. The funds already raised will fund a significant part of the required works, but due to the perilous state of the building additional funding is required to ensure the long term future of the building.
Anthony Zimny of the Benarty Heritage Preservation Group commented, ‘The LLLP and BHPG have already sourced a significant amount of funding, but to ensure that all the necessary work required to allow public access to the castle our architect and surveyor have identified an additional sum in the region £108,000 is required tocomplete the project. We plan to apply for additional funding from local funding bodies, but as a group we have taken the decision to launch a public appeal to raise a sum of £25,000 to help secure the future of this iconic building.’
To make a donation to the Lochore Castle Restoration Appeal, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Lochorecastleappeal
You can also donate by text. Text LCRF92 £2 to 70070.