Mark Stephen, well-known presenter of BBC Radio Scotland's popular 'Out of Doors' programme which is broadcast on a Saturday morning. He's seen here with researcher Laura Cuthill talking to builder Mark Thompson.
The weather was - briefly - kind so, with most of the scaffolding down, Mark saw the castle at its best.
He recorded an interview but has promised to return in the near future to spend more time both at the castle and on West Ardnamurchan.
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, 29 May 2015
This picture shows the north curtain wall, ten foot thick and over 40 high. The top few feet and the battlements are relatively recent, but the bulk of what we're looking at is 13th century with just a few bits of modern restoration - like the new stone round the lancet windows.
Thursday, 21 May 2015
Thursday, 14 May 2015
The plaster ceiling is completed between the wooden beams, which will be hidden under oak panelling covers.
While the plasterers will be away at the end of today, John-Paul Ashley will carry on with some plastering in the east range until they return to complete both east and west ranges in a few weeks' time.
Next week the pace hots up even more. As well as the scaffolders and the arrival of the panelling for the study and dining room, the breakfast room windows will be fitted, the plumbers are back, and the balustrade all round the inside of the battlement walkway will be fitted.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
the great, great, great, grand-daughter of Margaret Riddell MacDougall who was born in Mingary Castle and lived there for approximately twelve years. Margaret was the great niece of Sir James Riddell, the third of the Riddells who held the Ardnamurchan Estate during the latter part of the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Caithness stone is very much harder, having been laid down as a fine sediment in a lake bed during the Devonian Period some 400 million years ago. Each flagstone takes Damien half-an-hour to prepare - another example of the high quality of the workmanship on this job.
In my blog entry of 17th April, I seem to suggest that John-Paul Ashley is the sole boss of Ashley Thompson, the builders at Mingary Castle. He is, of course, a partner in the firm with Mark Rutherford Thompson. My apologies to Mark.