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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:01 am    Post subject: Scalloway Castle Reply with quote

The castle in the images isn't quite in my back garden, but it is about a two minute walk away.

https://communities.uhi.ac.uk/sh01sc/weblog/12688.html
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the basic groundplan, for those who want to use this fortification in their game...


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work enno!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TAG Robster wrote:
Nice work enno!


No big. Just a second alone with my friend Google... Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:38 am    Post subject: Re: Scalloway Castle Reply with quote

TAG Wiggy wrote:
The castle in the images isn't quite in my back garden, but it is about a two minute walk away.

https://communities.uhi.ac.uk/sh01sc/weblog/12688.html


My entire life has been spent in tourism, so maybe I'm looking at this through a different frame than others might.

But has anyone thought to try turning the empty commercial buildings around the site into a destination tourist attraction - such as a casino/hotel combination - using the (spotlit at night) castle as the putative draw?

I mean, those industrial buildings seem to be modular steel construction; it should be easy enough to dry-stack stones against their sides and put (non-functional) thatch across their roofs. If done well - particularly with good landscaping (mimicing the wetlands that should be there) - it might not look too chessy. And it could bring in some cash!

Edit: Isn't there some sort of Royal foundation in the UK, aimed at preserving/recovering ancient sites? Maybe someone could get a grant?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The dilapidated building in the second photo has been spruced up and transformed into a rather spiffy museum since these were taken. The buildings on the quay side are in use.

The UK is rather split on historical societies. The castle is owned by Scottish Heritage, AFAIK. Like many, they focus on preservation rather than restoration.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TAG Wiggy wrote:
The dilapidated building in the second photo has been spruced up and transformed into a rather spiffy museum since these were taken.


I'm not surprised. Smile

TAG Wiggy wrote:
The buildings on the quay side are in use.


Yep. You did say it was a working port.

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<chuckling just a bit> I find it interesting that the Wikipedia article repeatedly mentions the brutality and corruption of the noble who built the tower house, then without missing a beat segues into Tour Guide Mode with . . .

"[a spiral staircase] still provides access to rooms in the south wing of the castle, one of which is open to visitors. This gives a higher level view of the great hall, and a sense of just how grand a place this would have been in its all too brief heyday."

TAG Wiggy wrote:
The UK is rather split on historical societies. The castle is owned by Scottish Heritage, AFAIK. Like many, they focus on preservation rather than restoration.


Yes. My family has a connection with some folks who live a ways southwest of you, down in lower Britain. Our friends trade in antiques and live in a house the core of which dates back to roughly the same period as Scalloway Castle. Back in the '80s, they had to wade through mounds of red tape before they could thread giant bolts through the structure's main timbers and then ratchet it back to some semblance of verticality.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The castle has such a bad rep localy (long memories in Shetland - a dispute about four inches of land can last for generations), that I expect any move to restore the castle would be met by mobs with torches - and I don't mean the fire festival kind.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, very cool. Love the photo from the hill overlooking the site showing the castle's place in the harbor and snow covered islands in the background.
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