Sunday, January 26, 2020
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Caisteal Maol has been stabilised after the lightning strike, the Highland Council say.

The castle was damaged by a major storm in February this year, making the site unsafe.

A final site inspection visit will take place on Tuesday 9 October by Historic Environment Scotland. Following the inspection, local Highland Councillor John Finlayson, along with representatives from local community groups, will view the work and meet those involved in the project.

The stabilisation work consisted of painstakingly photographing each step before it was taken to ensure that every stone that needed to be removed was put back in exactly the same place. The inner core of the wall was capped using a rough racking technique in lime mortar. Samples of the original mortar were analysed and new mortar was mixed to match the original. The stabilisation work also included the installation of a lightning protection system which has been designed to protect the whole of the ruin from any future strikes and damage.

Speaking on behalf of Highland Council’s Eilean a' Cheò Ward Members Councillor John Finlayson said: “Caisteal Maol’s historic, cultural and tourism significance is important to everyone who lives in Kyleakin. All Skye Councillors are delighted that a plan was out in place to stabilise the castle and ensure it will be open for the public to visit in the future.

“We would like to thank everyone for all the efforts involved in making Caisteal Maol safe and special thanks go to Marine Harvest for providing the landing craft free of charge which afforded a significant cost saving to the project.”

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