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Historic Scotland hosts traditional building skills workshop for Castlebay pupils

8 June 2012

Pupils from Castlebay Secondary School in years 3 & 4 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.”  

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with ensuring that our historic environment provides a strong foundation for a successful future for Scotland. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.


  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at: www.visitscotland.com/creative

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at  www.visitscotland.org/yearofcreativescotland-toolkit

                                                         Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information


Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866
jennifer.johnstonwatt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk