Founded in 2007, the trustees dissolved the Dunans Charitable Trust in 2015. The trust was formed to restore Dunans Bridge by raising funds towards a £750,000 total which would ensure the A-listed structure’s longevity.
While this laudable aim garnered the support of many people, including local residents, members of the Lairds and Ladies Scheme and the owners of Dunans Castle, the owner of the second property which takes access over the bridge – the ruined steading to the north-east of the castle – refused to participate in any discussions.
While the owners of the Bridge were keen for the trust to take a very longterm lease the bridge and eventually acquire Scheduled Monument status for Thomas Telford’s wonderful structure, Mr. James (or Jim) Macphee (or Aston) declined all approaches of the trustees over the 8 years the trust was in existence. This refusal meant that the trust’s plans to renovate the bridge with funding from Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund came to naught.