Mingary Castle

The Project

A magnificent 13th century castle, situated on the Ardnamurchan peninsula near Kilchoan in the west coast of Scotland. Steeped in history with breath taking views across the Mull, Mingary Castle is one of Scotland’s hidden gems. Perched on the edge of a cliff side surrounded by the region’s natural foliage and wildlife, after 600 years the castle and its grounds were left to ruin.

The Brief

As part of a huge renovation project to restore Mingary Castle, JRM Scaffolding took on the contract to work alongside a carefully selected heritage team. Our brief was to completely surround the castle with scaffolding both inside and out, creating a safe platform builders and tradesmen could work from.

The castle comprised six elevations (hexagonally shaped), four of which were met by the sea. As soon as the base level of the scaffold was erected, we began by drilling and anchoring the first parts of the scaffolding to the sea bed on four sides of the castle. Even the early stages of this project proved challenging, a fight against time to get the anchors fixed before the tide came in.

Once the scaffold had been erected to the base of the castle, aluminium unit beams were used to support the working platforms. These were then used to carry out a number of tasks on the vast exterior walls and roofs of the castle. This included working on crumbling stonework, long lost roofs and floors buried deep in undergrowth.
In order to restore the courtyard area and outbuildings, more scaffold had to be erected inside the castle walls. We also fitted a temporary roof to the main residential area enabling the stonemasons to carry out internal restoration, often when the Scottish weather was not our side!

The Result

After eight gruelling weeks the exterior scaffold was complete and ready to use. This included an external staircase tower, a 50m2 loading bay and a rubble chute to the moat area.
After 3 years the restoration of Mingary Castle was complete. An abandoned ruin, painstakingly renovated by a team of highly skilled craftsmen, transformed to provide those who visit it with the finest of Highland hospitality and a piece of Scottish history.