Work begins on Drum castle’s £700,000 facelift

Drum Castle
Drum Castle

£700,000 worth of maintenance work has begun on a 700 year-old castle in Deeside.

Drum Castle began it’s project to protect of Scotland’s few surviving medieval towers.

The 14th century tower is to undergo specialist works to remove cement pointing and replace it with traditional, breathable lime mortar.

A scaffold is now being built around the whole historic tower. This is a major piece of construction work and will take several weeks to conclude. Once the scaffold has been completed, the first task is to painstakingly chip away the existing mortar.

Property Manager Alison Burke said: “Work is underway on this huge conservation project and the scaffolding is now going up. The plan is that the scaffolding will be up until the end of the year. Visitors are really interested in hearing more about the project and why this work is being undertaken and are very supportive of our efforts to ensure this important tower remains for seven more centuries.”

The castle, gardens and grounds at Drum Castle remain open for visitors.

The £700,000 project will repair structural problems on the tower and remove and replace its mortar. The work is funded by a grant awarded by the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA made possible by the support of an anonymous donor and Historic Scotland.