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THIS WEBLOG page will allow you to follow the progress of saving Castle Cluggy. We like to keep things fresh, so here is what has been going on recently.

10 January 2023TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEY COMPLETED - 3D MODEL

A TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEY and photographic survey has been carried out at Castle Cluggy. The survey went well and the survey team have completed the modelling of Castle Cluggy and the 3D model is now available to look at on this website. The drone photographs were taken for the purposes of 3D modelling but also provide a useful record of the stonework. The site has also been assessed for its suitability for geophysical survey, ideally during the winter when the vegetation is dormant. but this may not be straightforward. We are waiting for some experts who specialise in ground-penetrating radar survey to provide an outline cost.

02 January 2023NEW FOR 2023: BESPOKE BENCHES

WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING a suitably qualified contractor to design, supply, and install two bespoke carved stone/granite bench seats in keeping with the setting near an ancient ruined castle. We have in mind Scottish Whin, a local stone that suits the environment, which is incredibly robust, and will outlast us and many of our descendants!

30 December 2022HOGMANAY AT CASTLE CLUGGY

HOGMANAY is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year in the Scottish manner. The origins of Hogmanay are unclear, but it may be derived from Norse and Gaelic observances. The most widespread national custom is the practice of first-footing, which starts immediately after midnight. The first-foot, the first person to cross the threshold of a friend or neighbour giving a symbolic gift of coal, is supposed to bring luck to the householder for the rest of the year. Traditionally, tall, dark-haired men are preferred as the first-foot.

14 December 2022CHRISTMAS COMES TO CASTLE CLUGGY

HAPPY CHRISTMAS and best wishes for the new year to our supporters. Christmas was banned at Castle Cluggy for almost four centuries. Before the Reformation in 1560, Christmas in Scotland had been a religious feasting day. Then, with the powerful Kirk frowning upon anything related to Roman Catholicism, the Scottish Parliament passed a law in 1640 that made celebrating ‘Yule vacations’ illegal. Even after Charles II was restored to the throne, celebrating Christmas was frowned upon in Scotland for a long time – it was not until 1958 that 25th December became a Scottish public holiday. 

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