Well Clearance Part 2   6 comments

So yesterday we started the first step in the process of opening up the Great Well area. Skye Rope Access Ltd came along to start clearing the ancient ivy from the well walls in order that we can assess the level of re-pointing work that’s going to be required to safeguard and conserve this beautiful little gem.

We already knew that we were likely to be opening up a bit of a can of worms with this one, but when you’re faced with a difficult challenge, sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and get on with things. Potentially, the area will be a real asset to new visitors and repeat visitors alike, but it’s going to take a number of months of conserted effort to get the area ready for public access. As you can see from some of these pictures, it’s not a job for the faint hearted, but the boys from SRA seemed to take it all in their stride.

The next step will be to spray the interior well walls a number of times with weedkiller to stop any possibility of regrowth. Following this we’ll have to invite the company back to repoint the walls with lime mortar (not an easy task), as decades of ivy growth has done some major damage in one or two key areas. Some of the ivy roots themselves were about 8 inches thick! We even discovered a number of nests in various nooks and crannys, including one with three Swallow chicks in residence!

One of the unexpected benefits of the exercise has been the increased amount of light that appears to have been gained inside the well, and it’s really been brought back to life. Some people might think that all that ivy was quite attractive, but the damage it can do is really unbelievable. Anyway, enjoy the photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted June 1, 2011 by eileandonan in Uncategorized

6 responses to “Well Clearance Part 2

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  1. I probably wont ever get over there but I do like seeing the work that’s being done. Thanks

    Kimberly McRae
  2. These are fantastic photos. I am so glad to see all the reconstruction being done on the castle site. We visited three years ago during our wonderful trip of 23 days in Scotland. Eilean Donan is most definitely our favorite castle of all time…we had to go back a second time and enjoyed it just as much then as the first.

    Your website is quite well done and appreciated by this American with Scottish ancestors.

  3. This is VERY interesting. Thanks so much for the updates. We were there in October and I’ve been keeping up with all that has been going on EVERY day 🙂

    Howie

  4. What a great job they are doing!!! I look forward to future pictures. Thank you for sharing!

  5. It looks fabulous! We were given a quick tour down their in the summer of 2000, the slippery steps were daunting in my wedding dress! Can’t wait to see it again.

  6. I came to know about this castle when i was preparing a destination travel guide. These are beautiful pictures. Looking for more and new entries on this blog.

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