Traditonal skills at Fyvie

A TWO-DAY course featuring the skill of using lime mortar will be held at Fyvie Castle later this month.

The Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre’s course is being held on Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27.

The hands-on event will cover the theory and practical use of lime, as opposed to cement-based mortars, in the conservation, repair and maintenance of traditional buildings, walls and other stone-built structures.

The course focuses on the techniques involved in mixing and applying lime mortars, as well as the correct use of tools and materials.

It is aimed at construction industry professionals, private individuals and those involved in conservation and regeneration projects.

The course is limited to 12 participants.

The centre’s executive director, Marc Ellington, said: “The centre which is a charity, located at the National Trust for Scotland’s Fyvie Castle, has been established to provide education and training directed towards equipping individuals and organisations with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the conservation, repair and maintenance requirements of our built and landscape heritage.”

A certificate will be awarded acknowledging the successful completion of the course.

It will be led by Hans Norling and Andy Newcombe, both master craftsmen. During the past 17 years, they have been involved in project managing and leading teams of specialist masons working on major building conservation, repair and maintenance projects throughout Scotland.

The course will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm on both days.

For further information, or to reserve a place on the course, contact the Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre on 01888 511 347, or email