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.
Sunday, 26 July 2015
....workmen were in the moat removing the last of it from the north curtain wall. At the same time, stonemason Damien was working on the north side of the moat, where there will be a car park and formal garden. He's building a stone wall along the top edge of the moat. It'll be shoulder height, and will run right across so it also separates the garden from the flat roof area of the biomass boiler.
Next week should see another big leap forward, with a variety of trades appearing on site.
Thursday, 16 July 2015
It was great this morning to walk down to the castle in the company of these wonderful young people, Holly and Chris Bull, who have been appointed to manage Mingary Castle once it's open. They come from the sort of varied commercial background which makes them perfect for the job of marketing this venture, and for giving a warm welcome to the many guests who will be coming to enjoy both the castle's superb facilities and this lovely area.
Mark Galley Decorators Ltd, and we'll be seeing quite a lot of them over the next few weeks.
Friday, 10 July 2015
A road is being put through here to give access to the shoreline just to the east of the castle....
The approach to the castle has changed dramatically since last week. As I approached, heavy equipment was moving round in the yard in front of the castle, where....
....all the offices, storage containers, loose building materials and temporary caravans have been removed since last week to allow work to start on landscaping the area.
While Mark has been demolishing a stone wall, stonemason Damien has been building a new one. He's just finished a length of wall that runs round the entrance to the area that was being cleared by DA Boyd's Martin Newton a couple of weeks ago just to the east of the castle.
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Caithness Stone Industries Ltd made good their promise to get replacement blocks here as quickly as possible.
Ashley Thompson started work. When this picture was taken, there was great concern that, had any of the window lintels collapsed, the whole facade would have come crashing down.
It's a small but nice point of detail, but this picture and the top picture both show the caps that crown the chimney pots on the north and west ranges, cut from Caithness stone.