Current

A survey of the Castle's condition on behalf of the Trust in 2014 found that there has been remarkably little change in recent decades: see Caisteal Tioram Condition Report September 2014. There is considerable overgrowth of brambles and nettles in the courtyard, and some vegetation, including ivy and tree seedlings, on some walls, but where photographic comparisons have beee made, no structural stone has moved since 1997. Indeed, the same is true for such photographs as are available from RCAHMS going back to 1926.

Thus the castle is no more dangerous to visit than in the years up to its closure in 1998, when it was freely visited by many thousands. There was a stonefall on the outside of the northwest curtain wall of the castle, which led Highland Council to issue a Dangerous Buildings Notice, but this was repaired by the owner more than 10 years ago.

The Trust is continuing to press Highland Council to facilitate full access, which it believes should have been restored as soon as the repairs were carried out.

While the interior of the castle is threatened visually, and potentially structurally, by unchecked vegetation, its exterior is surrounded by the unsightly remains of various fences and notices erected by the owner around 1998-2000. These were mounted on iron drums filled with concrete in order to satisfy Historic Scotland's requirement that the ground not be disturbed so as to avoid possible damage to archaeological remains.

A further survey in 2016, `Caisteal Tioram- a case of serious neglect', documented the condition of these structures. They have served no useful function for at least a decade, but the decaying fences and drums are melting into the soil thus compromising the archaeology.