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.
Sunday, 8 March 2015
Courtyard Scaffolding Dropped
The scaffolding around the curtain walls wasn't due to come down for a couple of weeks, but when I visited the castle on Thursday John Forsyth has begun the long process, though it'll still be several weeks before he returns to drop the rest of it. However, all the scaffolding in the courtyard....
....has gone, and the facades of the west and east ranges are revealed. This is the west range, with its slate roof completed and three of the sash windows in. In the picture, taken from the northeast, one can also see the nearly-complete flagstone walkway around the battlements.
Walking round that walkway, one can also now see the steep steps which lead up to the roof at the back of the north range, which will, in due course, be connected down to the courtyard.
The best view of the revealed east range is from the courtyard, with the one new room at left. The first fix electrical work is almost complete in the west range and is well on in the east and, with the scaffolding away, work can begin shortly on the flagstones in the courtyard.
All the small windows which were installed with such loving care by Design Glass earlier this week can now be found by climbing around the exterior scaffolding - this one is in the east wall - but by going....
....inside the north range one can now look out through them. This window is in the bartisan near the southeast corner of the range.
Inside the north range, Martin has started the job of laying the high-quality 18mm plywood sheets which will support the oak plank flooring.
I wasn't the only one inspecting progress. This eagle appeared high above us, attention being drawn to it by the screams of circling gulls, but they didn't prevent it from....
....performing a low overpass to get a close look. From the wedge shape of the tail and the white tail feathers, to say nothing of its massive size, this is a sea eagle rather than one of the local golden eagles.