In order to inform consevration management planning, the Forestry Commission Scotland commissioned AOC Archaeology Group to undertake a survey of Castle Dounie (WoSAS Pin 3755), a dun situated on ahigh rocky knoll near the west coast of Knapdale. The site is now in open ground within a clearing in modern forestry, though when it was previously surveyed by the RCAHMS in 1979, the surrounding area was afforested, with at least part of the site planted with conifers. In addition to compiling a photographic record of the site, cross-referenced to a written description of the monument, AOC also undertook a laser scan survey, with impressive results.
In general, the survey revealed that although ruinous, Castle Dounie is in a stable condition. With the removal of commercial forestry from the site, there are now no immediate and pressing threats to the integrity of the structure. The stonework on the upstanding portions of the site appears to be relatively stable, and the laser scan data and photographs collected as part of the survey should allow the rate of erosion over the coming years to be monitored.