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.
Thursday, 5 September 2013
Scaffolding Meets Across North Wall
Scaffolder John Forsyth is back just in time to see an important milestone - the moment when his structure finally met across the north wall of the castle.
It's been a tricky piece of work as the left hand side of the scaffolding here has to be kept clear of the ground - in this case, the bottom of the moat - so that the boiler house for the castle's heating system can be installed. So there are four sets of verticals which will shortly be removed: they're only there at present to enable the workmen to move across the face of the wall.
The scaffolding has been built out on the right to form the beginnings of a wide loading bay, but not at the level where the boarding currently is.
The loading bay will be at the level of the car park, so materials can be moved straight across onto the scaffolding structure.
Erecting the scaffolding over the moat has also taken time because of the uneven nature of the rock floor of the moat. To make matters worse, we've had some 47mm of rain here in the last three days, and the moat had to be pumped out before they could set to work.
The scaffolding can now be seen rising above the level of the car park. Very shortly, the north and northwest walls will be covered. Completing the exterior scaffolding will take another two weeks or so, then there's scaffolding to be erected in the courtyard.