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, 4 September 2014

The Windows Go In

Over the last week the Georgian-style windows have been going in to the north range.  They were manufactured and installed by Gary Bibby Joinery of Stokesley in North Yorkshire.

Whichever way you look at the courtyard-facing side of the building, the windows are very smart indeed.  The whole building seems to have come back to life and will look superb once the slates have gone onto the roof - the slaters are due in the next week or so.

The windows on this side are all sash windows.  The wooden frames have been 'mist coated' with Butinox 3 before the panes were inserted, but will need at least two more coats to withstand the Ardnamurchan weather.

The joinery company may have installed the windows, but the finishing round the edges has been left to the builders.  Picture shows Nick Smith working on the attic dormers from which....

....there are superb views out across the Sound of Mull.  The toughened glass panes have been given an 'olde world' finish - this can be seen in the pane at top left in the picture.

The much larger windows, and the french door, have gone into the north side of the attic level.  From here, residents will be able to step out onto the walkway that leads round to the battlements.


  1. Hi Jon - I've really enjoyed looking at the blogs you've posted on the Mingary Castle restoration. Thank you!

  2. Hi Amy - good to hear you have enjoyed the blog. I feel very fortunate to have been able to watch this wonderful building being restored, and look forward to the coming few months and it's completion. Jon