After 5 years of fundraising, work on the roof was completed in 2014.
The roof and chimneys had been in need of urgent repairs and restoration. The roof was neither water or wind proof and the chimneys were beginning to bow out.
But there was much to conserve. It was discovered that the roof slates on the castle were very old. In fact, the slates date from the 18th century repairs carried out by the British Army after the 1745 Jacobite Rising. Therefore, it was important to re-use as many of these slates as possible, so that they would remain on the castle for another 250 years.
Removing the old concrete harling from the chimney revealed surprises too. One chimney had been partially rebuilt sometime in the twentieth century using concrete blocks. This material wasn’t ideal for the chimney stacks and so the stonemasons took down the stack piece by piece. The stone used in the castle was cut locally, so replacement blocks were cut from nearby Inver Quarry. Lime render was applied to the rebuilt chimneys to protect the stone from the weather.
While the chimneys were being repaired, it was decided that 2 flues should be lined internally. Once again fires can now be lit in the Dining and Drawing Rooms, bring life and warmth to the rooms.
Our next projects are likely to focus on the landscape around the castle, clearing snowberry bushes to create a more welcoming entrance to the castle and taking down some older trees to open up the views. These smaller projects will keep the castle team going while we prepare for the next big phase of fundraising. This could be heating for inside the castle, or harling for the exterior.