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, 26 June 2015
TSB Ironcraft of Rishton, Lancashire, back this week to complete work on the iron railings which run along the inside of the battlements, up the steep external stairs, and along the walkway in front of the top floor of the north range. When they left after their last visit at the beginning of June, they went away with templates for the stair rails, and it's these that they have been fitting.
Thursday, 18 June 2015
harling the courtyard-facing walls of the three buildings. For this, the whole courtyard will have to be scaffolded, so scaffolder John Forsyth will be back to take down the remaining....
So Chris Taylor, right, and Chris Dickinson are out in the rain and cold clambering through the scaffolding to finish the last of the pointing which remains to be done, on the east curtain wall and around the water gate.
With the oak panelling going in, the second fix electrics under way, and the tiling started in one of the bathrooms, one can begin to get an idea of what the interior is going to look like. But this is best seen....
Thursday, 11 June 2015
I started today's visit on the battlements, where all the railings are now in place and workmen Chris and Richard were clearing up. The railings down the stairs will be in place shortly. As can be seen, the battlements are a perfect viewing point for the ships passing in the Sound of Mull - the Northern Lighthouse Board's Pharos was at anchor off the castle last night.
This has been the fate of other materials being delivered to the site, the difference in this case being the reaction of Caithness Stone Industries Ltd, whose John Sutherland, on being informed of the problem, has gone out of his way to ensure that replacement blocks will be on site as quickly as possible.
A week ago joiner Martin was working on the walls here and in the rooms above, but they are finished and ready for the plasterers next week, while he's moved on to....
R&B Electrical and Renewables back to start the second fix of the electrics. He's also working in the attic room.
Thursday, 4 June 2015
Glendale Engineering of Wooler in Northumberland, just south of Coldstream, it's being assembled on site by....
The colour will be changed to blend in to the surroundings.
TSB Ironcraft of Rishton, Lancashire. The uprights holding the railings are set in 200mm deep holes drilled into the underlying stonework, which makes them pretty firm, but the setting is further strengthened using a material called Chemfix.