Major restoration at Eilean Donan Castle

02 May 2013
imports_CESC_0-3ic4ym5n-100000_03297.jpg Major restoration at Eilean Donan Castle

Iconic Eilean Donan Castle, often described as the world's most picteresque castle, is to undergo major restoration work this spring. A project to re-harl the west face of the main keep will involve the building being partially covered in scaffolding and 'not looking its photogenic best'.

The castle, which is located at Kyle of Lochalsh, has appeared in a number of films including The World Is Not Enough and Braveheart.

Castle keeper David Win issued a statement on the castle's website which warned that the work will continue until the end of May. He said: 'I just wanted to take the opportunity to highlight to all our visitors the fact that now the project to re-harl the west face of the main keep of the castle has officially started, there will be quite a difference in the old girl's appearance for a couple of months. The work entails a very large scaffolding to be erected on the rear (sea-facing) side of the building. Some of which will certainly be visible from the shore.

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'This will not impact in any way, what you are able to explore inside the castle itself, including our brand new Exhibition, however there is no doubt that she won't be looking her most photogenic best until after the 31st of May when the project will be completed.

'Unfortunately, this type of work cannot be completed during the quiet winter months due to the vagaries of the Scottish weather, however it truly is essential maintenance to safeguard the very fabric of the castle for the long term future. I really hope this doesn't put anyone off their visit, and would like to thank you for your patience, on-going support and understanding.

For more on the castle, visit the Eilean Donan website.

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