Having spent our (Chris and Holly) first month working for Mingary Castle swatting up on castle history, the project so far and planning how to enable Mingary to support its self going forward we finally have something to show for our efforts.........
and 'In hope I byde' from the crest of the MacIains. We are looking forward to getting cracking now on ordering the Standard to be flown over the Castle.
Now live the new mingarycastle.com (mingarycastle.co.uk) website will become the direct booking website for the Castle, for now it is ready for interested people to sign up for a newsletter so they can keep up to date with opening dates, prices and what we have to offer.
When the renovation work is complete the Castle will open its doors as both an exclusive 5 bedroom fully catered venue for holidays, weddings and events plus an amazing B&B! Not only does this allow people to enjoy the stunning workmanship and furnishing that have gone into this project, but it forms an important phase of the Trusts funding that will help to pay for the restoration and up keep of the Castle.
The Mingary Castle blog is written by Jon Haylett, who lives in the local village of Kilchoan.
Friday, 31 July 2015
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.
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.