We hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and holiday rest!
As you can see from the adjacent photo of the Duck Bay Lodge (just north of Cameron House) on Loch Lomond, the loch levels have been exceptionally high and flooding properties along the shoreline. Of course, the teams are waiting for low loch levels for the survey of the outer walls at Ellan Vhow, but Tom Addyman's team may still get out to the island as soon as the weather is clear enough for the building preservation assessment.
On the island, Building 1 (at the landing) will surely have been partially submerged, but it has weathered similar loch levels in the past. The rest of the archaeological features should be on high enough ground to be safe. If anyone has recent updates on that, please share your observations! (We actually worry more about Inch Galbraith for short term vulnerability.)
It has been a real pleasure interacting a number of you as the Christmas Holiday has approached and arrived. It sounds like there have been many challenges and blessings for Macfarlanes around the world. As mentioned earlier, the Board did donate a branding iron and a limited number of Christmas ornaments were created this year from the Elm wood taken at the doorway of the tower cellar in 2013. More of this wood is stored in Scotland with the team's tree surgeon and we hope to work more of it on our next visit. If anyone is aware of wood shop space for hire near Loch Lomond, please let us know.
Praying for lower loch levels and wishing you all a wonderful New Year!