• News,  Planning,  press

    Statement 7 November 2020

    The Boleskine House Foundation SCIO is a registered charity with the OSCR with number SC049568. Its aims are educational and according to its constitution include: (a) The restoration and preservation of the Boleskine House estate; and (b) To advance the education of the public in the subject of local Scottish history, with particular emphasis on the Boleskine House estate. It has come to our attention from recent press that an organisation based outside of the local area has claimed that we intend to reinstate Boleskine House as a “pilgrimage site for satanists.” The trustees of the Boleskine House Foundation would like the public to know that these reported allegations are…

  • News,  Planning

    Support for Boleskine House restoration received from Historic Environment Team of the Highland Council

    We are delighted to announce that the Historic Environment Team of the Highland Council have supported the plans for our conservation-led approach to the rebuild of Boleskine House’s outer shell. Commenting on the proposals publicly, they said: “The proposal is to reinstate the external envelope of Boleskine House, a fire-damaged Listed Building that is at considerable risk of being lost. Council policy supports the renovation and re-use of vacant, derelict and At Risk listed buildings. In this case, the proposal seeks a faithful, conservation-led restoration of the building, based on historical research, with a small number of sensitive alterations. The proposal satisfies the relevant statutory tests in the Planning (Listed…

  • News

    Removal of Dangerous Buildings Notice on Boleskine House

    On 7 January 2016 Boleskine House was given a Dangerous Buildings Notice pursuant to the powers granted to the Highland Council under the Building (Scotland) Act 2003. The reason for this was because of how unsafe the structure had become after the first fire a few weeks prior. On 22 July 2020 we applied to have this notice removed in order to pave the way for restoration works to the structure to begin in full. Following an inspection to the site last month, we are pleased to advise that today we have been issued with an acceptance certificate for the removal of the Dangerous Buildings Notice from the Highland Council.…

  • Accounts,  News

    Charity Accounts filed and Independent Examination undertaken

    Under statutory requirements, the accounts of Scottish charities must be externally scrutinised by someone who is independent of the charity. This person reviews the charity’s accounts and produces a report, attached to the charity’s accounts submitted to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. These reports highlight any issues to the OSCR should any arise. External scrutiny is an important component of the overall regulation of charities in Scotland, a scheme designed to ensure transparency and public accountability by registered charities. Earlier in the year we appointed a professional independent examiner who is based in Scotland to work with the charity to meet the regulatory rules. The appointed examiner has access to…

  • News

    Scaffolding erected to Boleskine House

    We have now erected a scaffold around the entire perimeter of Boleskine House, enabling works to be planned for the consolidation of the stone wall head. A team of scaffolders from local firm Northscaff Ltd have worked for several weeks to design and then build the scaffold on site. This comes at considerable cost, but is a substantial accomplishment to enable works to now proceed to the next phase.

  • News

    Chimney works at Boleskine House complete

    After a number of detailed discussions with the Highland Council in relation to the standing chimney in the ‘drawing room’, we have now completed the works to preserve this part of the building. After erecting a structural scaffold around the chimney and gable, we then appointed masons from Harper and Allan Masonry Ltd to work to stabilize the structure without requiring it to be taken down and rebuilt. The chimney was at great risk of collapse and it is a huge accomplishment to have been able to complete this repair. The work took around 5 weeks to complete.

  • News

    Render removed from Boleskine House

    Following the grant of listed building consent under application reference 20/01665/LBC, we have now completed the removal of all of the concrete render from the building. Our professionally appointed masons from Harper and Allan Masonry Ltd did all of the removal works, and four volunteers helped to collect all of the concrete off the floor and transport it to skips. This now gives the listed building an opportunity to be prepared for the next phase of its rebuild.

  • News,  Quick Facts

    A reminder about our purpose and constitution

    The Boleskine House Foundation SCIO is a Scottish charitable organisation, and operates independently of any other organisation. Its aims are educational in nature and as stated in our constitution our purposes include: (a) The restoration and preservation of the Boleskine House estate; and (b) To advance the education of the public in the subject of local Scottish history, with particular emphasis on the Boleskine House estate. This history includes a rich collection of personages that define the estate’s past ownership, and so by “education of the public in history” we include all branches of its history: political history, religious history, and even rock and roll history. It is our belief…

  • News

    Listed Building consent received for the first phase of works to Boleskine House

    Under application reference 20/01665/LBC, the Highland Council has today given permission for the first phase of the repair and reinstatement works to Boleskine House.  These works include the removal of the modern cement render on the exterior of the building; removal of modern concrete sub-floors; repair and consolidation of structural stone walls and chimneys and replacement dressed stonework to match damaged original stone.  A positive comment from Historic Environment of Scotland was provided saying, “We welcome the proposed consolidation works to this vulnerable shell to protect it”.  It is anticipated that with permission in place formal works will commence to the building shortly.

  • News

    Boleskine House Cleared and Ready to Go

    Despite the lockdown in the United Kingdom, chairman Keith Readdy and his wife Kyra were able to self-isolate in the Boleskine Gate Lodge and continue to clear out the house in late March. Once the rooms were cleared, the remainder of the house was then cleared as well. We would like to express great thanks to our continued support from our members. Your contributions have enabled us to continue paying for waste removal from the structure, which amounted to nearly 80,000 kilograms of debris in the space of just a month. That is about 10, eight-tonne skips, with each one costing approximately £418.00 (yes they are that expensive in the…