The Mingary Castle blog is written by Jon Haylett, who lives in the local village of Kilchoan.
Thursday, 4 February 2016
Despite the extreme conditions, the damage on site has been minimal, with one exterior door torn from its hinges and the eagle blown off his plinth in the ornamental garden. On the other hand, the workmen have suffered indirectly, with one of the main mobile (cellphone) systems down for over a week, no internet, and their caravans battered for hours almost every night by the wind.
Thursday, 28 January 2016
So today's visit saw impressive steps forward indoors. Almost all the beautiful oak panel work is now in place, leaving the joiners....
To the right is the door from the breakfast room into the main kitchen, with all the chinaware still wrapped on the shelves, and to the left are the big glass doors which lead out to the courtyard.
Mark Galley Decorators; Rob and Tigger of R&B Electrical & Renewables; and Paul of Proficient Plumbing of Whitby, Yorkshire.
Thursday, 21 January 2016
Despite this, a great deal has happened since last week, with the drawbridge finally installed - the hydraulics have yet to be connected to the electric motor - and a very important visit from Historic Environment Scotland on Tuesday, when their officers inspected and passed all the work that's been done over the last two and a half years.
TSB Ironcraft has been here raising the levels of the iron railings and bannisters which were a few inches too low - picture shows the top of the stairway from the courtyard up to the battlements - and has also installed....
The wall built so far took two men a day and a half, and the job is going to become more difficult as they build higher, so there's an estimated eight weeks of work here, all of which is controlled by the weather and the tides.
Thursday, 14 January 2016
This picture shows the sea wall with the latest pour of concrete completed. It went in on Sunday and it's already gone off. However, they can't make further progress this week as the tides are at springs, but they only have one more level to build, about another metre high, for this part of the job to be finished. Then they have to clad it in natural stone.
Richard is working here on the panelling on the stairs. Just about all the panelling has arrived and been fitted, but the last, including the front door of the north range, is due to arrive on Monday and, to push the job to its end, two more joiners will be coming with it.
At times there is a slightly uneasy juxtaposition of the very old and the latest technology, but things like dimming lights, high-speed broadband, remotely controlled heating with thermostats in every room, and cutting-edge bathroom fittings are what the clients will be expecting.
Friday, 8 January 2016
Masses of carved oak has arrived so the joiners can build the architraves round all the arched doors. Each architrave has to be built to fit, which means a great deal of measuring and cutting has to be done so that....
Wednesday, 30 December 2015
When the site closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays work was progressing as well as could be expected on the sea wall which is being built to stabilise the lower part of the cliff face on which the castle stands. The first part of this process was to erect shuttering in stages along with appropriate reinforcing, and then to pour concrete to form the core of the wall.
Brian Smith, Technical Director at Arc Engineers, who is the structural engineer for Mingary Castle, has kindly made available his latest sketch details for the wall.