Shaw & Jagger and the project's structural engineer Brian Smith of Arc Engineers were on site yesterday morning to look at the last remaining major engineering problem of this work - what to do about the dolerite layer which lies below the granophyre. This picture was taken back in 2010, before any work began.
Even though it showed signs of erosion by the pounding of seven centuries of storm waves, the dolerite wasn't fixed at the same time because it is exceptionally hard, and was quite strong enough to bear the additional weight of the scaffolding. But, now that the scaffolding is close to being removed, decisions have to be made about stabilising the dolerite.
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.