When it comes to delivering our surfacing materials, there are some occasions when only a helicopter will do!

Addagrip approved contractor Resarf Flooring Ltd was contacted by Historic Environment Scotland who were looking for a suitable surfacing option to renovate the existing paved pathways at the magnificently situated Urquhart Castle on the shore of Loch Ness.

As part of a £300,000 renovation project for the castle, there was a requirement to upgrade the existing pathways and viewing area with non-slip, decorative surfacing. Historic Environment Scotland was looking for a hard wearing surfacing that would be low maintenance, offer good slip resistance and be sympathetic to the historic rural setting.

Following discussion with Resarf Flooring Ltd, Resin Bonded Addastone was selected for its heritage look, giving the appearance of loose gravel without the maintenance issues.  A 1-3mm Autumn Gold blend was chosen to brighten up the pathways and provide a hard wearing non-slip surface. For the viewing area, Terrabase Rustic Resin Bound was used to create a smooth, low maintenance porous surface.  A 6-10mm Rustic Tweed aggregate blend was selected to complement the Autumn Gold Addastone pathways and give clear delineation.

Resarf Flooring Ltd was appointed by main contractor MacKenzie Construction to install 1300m2 of Addastone Resin Bonded surfacing to the pathways and a further 175m2 of Terrabase Rustic Tweed Resin Bound surfacing for the castle viewing area. Due to location of the Castle and restrictive access to the grounds, getting the material to the site was a challenge. The only way to overcome this was to use a helicopter to airlift the material into the grounds and then barrow to the areas being surfaced. The image of the Addagrip delivery suspended from the helicopter over Loch Ness was quite a sight!

Most of the works were completed in time for the Easter weekend, however due to cold and wet weather conditions the final elements were finished after the busy Easter schedule.

The result is aesthetically pleasing, natural looking pathways offering improved access for visitors throughout the year.