Fairburn Tower restoration

- 18/06/2019

On Wednesday 12 June Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, was a guest of The Landmark Trust on the occasion of their public commitment to restore Fairburn Tower.

Listed Category A, Fairburn Tower is a rare and precious survival, built in 1545 for Murdo Mackenzie, a Gentleman of the Bedchamber of King James V. The romance of its history matches that of its setting amid wide and beautiful views of Strathconon.

Historic Environment Scotland considers this to be one of the most significant at-risk tower houses in the country. Its unspoiled setting, unusual height, the completeness of the walls, and available information about its original form, are all exceptional. They have since offered a major grant to support the project, giving Landmark the chance to secure its future.

Work will include 'stitching' of the cracks using stainless steel rods and the restoration of the rich stonework: the interior of the castle is in essence untouched, although, of course, all the floors are long gone; the building has been derelict for over 150 years.

The photograph is courtesy of Roddy Ritchie.

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