Resin Bonded and Bound surfacing for historic Scottish castle pathways

Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

Addastone resin bonded paths at Urquhart Castle

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

Addagrip approved contractor Resarf Flooring Ltd were 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 were looking for a hard wearing surfacing that would be low maintenance, offer good slip resistance and be sympathetic to the historic rural setting.

Surfacing requirements

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 historic pathways and provide a hard wearing non-slip surface whilst maintaining their heritage appearance. For the viewing area, a no-dig patented Terrabase Rustic Resin Bound system was used to create a smooth, low maintenance porous surface that did not require invasive groundwork.  A 6-10mm Rustic Tweed aggregate blend was selected to complement the Autumn Gold Addastone pathways and give clear delineation between the areas.

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 when the castle can attract as many as 500 visitors per day.

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


Historic Environment Scotland