Duart Castle Vist & Lime Day

Duart Castle Visit & Lime Day

Hear about working with lime at this exposed location with SPAB Scholar & Fellow team

18/09/2021 - 19/09/2021
Course Type: 
General interest,
Duart Castle
United Kingdom

Day 1 (Sat 18th Sept) - £20
Day 2 (Sun 19th Sept) - £30

Exact start times to be confirmed, approx 11-3 Saturday, and 10-4 Sunday

Event details

Duart Castle is an iconic Scottish Castle in a dramatic and sublime landscape. The Castle was brought back into use in the early C20th (around 1912) following the efforts of Sir Fitzroy Maclean. Sir John James Burnet was the Architect responsible for the work-an eminent Architect working in London and Scotland. The Castle had been a ruin for 150 years.

Over the last ten years we have investigated and gradually repaired Duart Castle which had suffered major water ingress for over 100 years. The castle is in an extremely exposed location, with an annual rainfall of over 4m!.  We have developed methods of investigation and a process of repair over many years which we hope people will find interesting and above all useful. 

The proposed visit is both historical, technical and “hands on”, and will be led by the Principal Mason Andrew Bradley,(SPAB Felllow) and Conservation Architect Martin Hadlington (SPAB Scholar).

What a wonderful way to celebrate 25 years of SPAB in Scotland!

DAY 1 (Saturday 18th September) - Visits & tours of castle, including lighting of the lime kiln.
Approx times: 11am - 3pm, including lunch

DAY 2 (Sunday 19th September) - Practical day, opening up of the kiln and working with tutors to mix mortar and use it on the castle. 
Approx times: 11am - 4pm, including lunch

CalMac sail from Oban to Craignure (Mull) regularly, we recommend the following sailings:
Sat - dep 0835, arr 0935 or dep 0835, arr 0935
Sun - dep 0955 arr 1041

Full details of all ferries are available here.  It is recommended that foot passengers book to ensure passage. A minibus from Duart Castle will meet the ferry to transport foot passengers to the castle. 


There will be the option of a mini bus to take delegates from the ferry terminal on Mull to the castle, so it is possible to be a foot passenger on the ferry from Oban. 
Full details of each day will be confirmed in due course. 

Duart Castle is on Mull, which is accessd by ferry from Oban. 
Oban can be visited by train easily, and of course is well connected by road. 

Multiple bookings
As long as there is space on the event, we usually allow you to book for both yourself and a guest. When completing the booking form, you will be asked to select the number of people and put in your own details on the first page, then to put in your second person's details on the next page. The event fee shown on each of these pages is for the individual person - you will be shown the total amount due once you get to the summary page.

About SPAB Scotland
Members of the SPAB living and working in Scotland decided to form their own semi-autonomous group in 1995. Scotland has its own building traditions, architectural language and property laws, all of which are best dealt with locally. All members of the SPAB residing in Scotland are automatically members of SPAB Scotland.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Accessibility: please contact the Group Organiser before booking to discuss any special access requirements.

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