Traditional skills at Kisimul Castle

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Pupils from Castlebay Secondary School in years three and four will be able to find out about how Kisimul Castle in the Isle of Barra was built using traditional materials and building techniques at a workshop day run by Historic Scotland.

The workshop will be held at Castlebay and Kisimul Castle in the week commencing 18th June.

There will also be a demonstration which will include the burning of locally sourced oyster shells in peat to make building lime. The lime will then be mixed with shell aggregates to replicate the historic mortar used at the castle.

Jamie MacPherson, Historic Scotland District Architect said: “The pupils will visit Kisimul castle to see how it was built and will also take part in some small scale wall reconstruction in Castlebay using local stone and the lime mortar made on site.

“We hope that this will give the pupils an overview and understanding of traditional building skills and perhaps inspire some to take up a career in this area. These skills are essential in order to preserve our built heritage for future generations.”