So today on site everybody seems to be taking advantage of the late 'indian' summer we have been enjoying these past few days. Not to be left out we decided to give you an update on outdoor activities at the castle.
Starting at the top of the castle (with the sun beaming) I found JP (site manager, one of the directors at Ashley Thompson) topping off the harling on the chimneys. This will protect the stone from absorbing all the water when it rains.
I found Damien, our resident stone mason, doing a great job laying the garden paths, which are cut from the same Cathness stone that has been used throughout the castle.
This is an amazing stone arch which was discovered in the moat during excavation and is going to be re-assembled.......
creating a beautiful entrance to the new garden......
where there will be native hedging surrounding the garden, that is to the North of the castle, with lawns in quadrants and flower beds established later once the hedging is there to protect them from the winds and sea spray.
Finally the first of the two huge (2m tall) gate posts have arrived and are soon to be in position ready for when the gates arrive.
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.