Friday 10 June 2011: Restoration
I spent half an hour this morning looking round the old Royal Hotel in Rothesay which is surrounded by scaffolding and presents something of an eyesore to visitors as they approach the pier on the ferry from Wemyss Bay. The scaffolding was required because of the state of the exterior but the interior is just as bad. In fact probably worse - pigeons everywhere , uneven floors and exposed walls and joists. But it can be saved.
In fact it must be. The building is an essential part of the townscape of Rothesay and will need to be stabilised and then restored. The task is a big one, but given the very important Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative which will be formally launched tomorrow public agencies and private bodies are going to have to come together to do something for this building as well.