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.
Saturday, 12 October 2013
Starting a Roof
The scaffolding on the courtyard side of the north range is now up, so the builders have been able to start work on the part of the wall which they expected to be in the worst condition. In fact, it's not as bad as anticipated.
As well as the scaffolding 'lift' along the outside, they now have boarding along the walkway which runs along the top of that wall. It allowed access to the outside of the roof, formed a route from one side of the battlements to the other, and also acted as a gutter, so it has drains which direct the rainwater out into the courtyard.
According to the original schedule, the roof should have been on the north range by about this time, enabling the builders to work on the interior of the building through the winter. This hasn't been possible because of various over-runs, so the scaffolders are constructing a temporary roof. This will be finished with sheets of 1" ply covered with felt. As soon as it's on, stoves will be used to dry out the building.
With such a desirable, centrally-heated residence becoming available, a family of blue tits has been inspecting the property with a view to moving in.