Aerial filming has been used to create a virtual impression of an iron age galleried dun on the Borgue coast. Castle Haven was excavated by enthusiastic archaeologist, James Brown, who used the remains as a template to partly reconstructed the structure in the early 1900s. Identified by the Borgue community as an ancient monument that would benefit from some maintenance volunteers cleared undergrowth from the central area of the structure to reveal the extent of the castle for all to see.
Film maker, Calum Ansell, used drone footage to recreate the stone structure often likened to brochs found in the north of Scotland. No one knows for sure what Castle Haven would have looked like but using the most up to date technology this Virtual Reeconstruction provides an immersive experience of how it may have been to live on the Borgue coast 2,000 years ago.
Operation Tub is up and running now and the flower tubs are appearing all around the Borgue area. Here’s the one at the Knockbrex “roundabout” which is a thank you to all the essential workers, from farmers to posties, who’ve kept us all going over the last few months.
Here’s a message from Jo Mercer about a plan to brighten up Borgue this summer. More details can be found on the ‘Operation Tub‘ page.
“No one will be surprised to hear that the Flower Show has been cancelled this year. However, an alternative activity has been suggested – ‘Operation Tub’. The idea is to plant up a tub (or tubs) and fill Borgue with flowers and plants. The tubs have kindly been sourced and half filled with well rotted compost and are available NOW from Sarah McCarthy in Borgue village.”
As part of the PLACE project, some drone videos have been created to explore the landscape and place name origins of the Borgue area. The videos were created by Calum Ansell. The research on the place names was by Michael Ansell and Alan James. The video voice-over is by Alan McClure. Click here to view the videos.
The Gatehouse Volunteers and Borgue community members have been clearing a lot of vegetation from the walls of the Iron Age fort at Castle Haven, near Kirkandrews. There was an initial session in January that removed most of the brambles, gorse and ivy from the inside walls. There will be a follow-up session on 19th February to clear the outer walls.
The BT Openreach roll-out of fibre broadband to the Borgue area has now been completed but has unfortunately failed to reach some of the remoter parts of the Borgue parish. Click here for the latest information on how to get higher speed broadband connections.
A red squirrel infected with squirrel pox has been identified near Cardoness Castle. The disease is transmitted from grey squirrels to red squirrels and they often come into contact at squirrel feeders. Please do not put out food for squirrels if you are in an area where there are both red and grey squirrels.