In 2016 we managed a package of conservation repair and upgrade works to this iconic monument.
This involved the repointing of the masonry tower and enclosure walls, conservation of memorial plaques and statue, renewal of lead roof coverings, new low energy flood lighting and a subtle new handrail and viewing platform hatch to allow the safe passage of visitors to the monument top.
The project was grant funded by Historic Environment Scotland and the client was the National Trust for Scotland.
The monument suffers from a slight structural tilt. It is believed this is due to it having been built over the edge of a seam of peat which moves seasonally. As part of the project a new structural monitoring system was installed to allow accurate measurement of the movement in the future, hopefully informing future conservation works.
Main Contractor: Masonry & Lime of Elgin
Architectural Blacksmith: Ratho Byres Forge
Fine Stone Conservation: Graciela Ainsworth