The Mingary Castle restoration blog was written by Jon Haylett, who lives in the local village of Kilchoan. Now that restoration is almost complete Holly and Chris Bull will take over to report on bringing the Castle back to life.
Friday, 30 January 2015
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Saturday, 17 January 2015
This is Mingary Castle from the east, with the Isle of Mull half covered in cloud in the distance, while....
Friday, 16 January 2015
In this picture the two are preparing the roof so they can get insert more supports before they start work on its walls. The picture is dark because a very black cloud had just arrived.
Picture shows Ashley Rose, left, and Andy Stephens in what was the mediaeval chapel, where two bathrooms are being installed.
Five of builders Ashley-Thompson's men are working on the east range. They've managed to do only a little in the last week on the front face of the building, so....
Mark Thompson of Ashley Thompson arrived back on site as I was about to leave. He'd been off down the peninsula looking for two trucks carrying sbuilding upplies for the castle, both of which had 'got lost'. One driver had spent a night trapped on Rannoch Moor in a snowstorm.
Friday, 9 January 2015
All seems to have gone well during the break, the only slight problem being that the biomass heating system struggled with the damp wood chippings, with the result that the north range hadn't dried out as much as builder Mark Rutherford Thompson had hoped.
R&B Electrical & Renewables, the company contracted to instal all the electrics in the castle. They explained the difficulties of the job. For a start, there's miles of wire to go in, but it's....
Gary and Tigger are going to be around for a couple of weeks completing the first fix, and will return later to finish the job.
Gary Bibby Joinery, which will be making all the joinery for the north and east ranges. This is a huge job. For a start, all the rooms will be lined with panels or half panels, and the quality is going to be very high indeed - the woodwork throughout will be English oak.
Gary's here for a couple of days measuring up, and then the panels will be built in his Yorkshire workshop. When we see them, it'll be Ashley Thompson's men, including Martin Theaker (to Gary's right) who will be fitting them.
We're all very aware that there's to be a serious deterioration in the weather tonight: an intense Atlantic storm is due to arrive in the early hours of tomorrow morning with gusts of hurricane force forecast to batter Ardnamurchan. Other than checking the scaffolding and making sure that everything loose is held down, there's nothing more the builders can do in preparation for it.