Buttons’ Blog-Wedding of the year and hydro news
It has been a super busy time at Kingairloch recently; as you will see from my post we’ve had one incredible wedding on the estate and the construction of our micro hydro is coming along very well.
I love sitting on this bench in the bottom gardens at Kingairloch House
Did you hear about the wedding that we had at Kingairloch? Apparently there was some shindig going on at Windsor with a couple called Harry and Meghan, well I for one can say that OUR wedding trumped all other weddings in 2018. We didn’t just have the most romantic wedding, we had a whole week’s worth of incredible adventures for our happy couple’s friends and family. Fortunately we were blessed with balmy blue skies all week and I can testify that a dip in the river was needed every day to cool off!
The most romantic setting for a Highland Wedding
Now a lot of the wedding guests came from across the Pond and we really wanted to look after them and show them what the West Coast has to offer. Katrina had organised boat trips to Tobermory, the steam train to Mallaig (a huge delight for Harry Potter fans who got to go over the Glenfinnan viaduct), a mini Highland Games (complete with caber tossing, haggis hurling and tomahawk throwing) we also had a great team of caterers come and stay at Kingairloch all week who did a tremendous job for all the guests.
On the boat trip they stopped off at Glensanda Quarry
Clickity clack went the train on the railway track
The guests got up to all sorts during the Highland Games
As for the wedding day, well, I was on my BEST behavior. I really didn’t want to upstage the bride as wowzers she was beautiful. I suppose the groom also scrubbed up rather well in his kilt. It was lovely to see him wearing his wife’s clan tartan. They choose to have a ceremony under the copper beech tree in front of Kingairloch House, with their guests being sat under the canopy in the shade looking up Corrie Bahn. From where I watched the ceremony (as I said no upstaging of the bride was allowed!) I could hear the bagpipes being playing over the twittering birdsong and it all just felt like we were in an incredible romantic movie.
Following the ceremony guests had a drinks reception in the shade in the walled garden
The guests then dined on smoked salmon, Kingairloch venison and scrumptious Eton mess on long rustic trestle tables decorated with natural, flowing foliage and candles under a fairy light canopy in the ceilidh hall. I would have been happy to hit the hay at this point, but it was after the feast that the party really got started. Local ceilidh band, Dodgy Ground played an incredible set. In between the usual ceilidh dances (Gay Gordons, Dashing White Seargent, Strip The Willow, there were lots more….) which were called out to help the guests with the dance steps they played popular tunes such as a “country version” of Avicii’s,”Wake Me Up”. Oh and I mustn’t forget there was also the most earth shattering fireworks display to really send the bride and groom off into married life.
During the feast guests dined along long rustic trestle tables
Dancing the night away to popular ceilidh tunes
The hills of Kingairloch were a great back drop fo the epic fireworks display
Back to Business
There’s no time to relax, it’s straight onto the next project for me!
Now that we can all look back on the week of incredible happiness and craziness, we do have an estate to keep ticking along and as I write this post, I am sat on The Boathouse deck looking across to Seaview Cottage, we are STILL basking in glorious weather! From this vantage point, I can update you all on the progress of our new hydro.
At the beginning of May, the pipeline was floated across Loch Linhhe from near Oban- now that is a real reduction in our carbon footprint in the building of this scheme. By floating the pipeline over, we reduced huge numbers of large delivery lorries on our fragile road network.
The pipeline being brought ashore following its tow across Loch Linnhe
Now we’ve been asked why has the road to be so big up the hillside. Well the answer is simple- it’s all down to safety! It is a dangerous working environment and the track has had to be big enough to get the workmen safely up the hillside to build the dam and to lay the pipeline. The concrete for the small dam has now been poured and the pipeline is being buried. As they lay the pipeline down the hillside, the road will be pulled into a much smaller track. So please don’t worry, the large track that is currently visible will in time blend back into the hillside. An additional benefit to the smaller track is that come the deer-stalking season, it will make extracting deer carcasses from that area of the estate a lot safer.
For safety, the track is this size until construction of the project is finished. It will then be a much narrower track, blended into the hillside.
This summer sure is whizzing by, I’ll try my best to keep tapping away at the keyboard so you can all keep up to date with my adventures at Kingairloch. It’s time for my afternoon dip in Loch a’Choire!