Glenuig Inn - Eco Kayaking Base

This shell of a building used to be the Glenuig Inn. Must have been a heck of a party!


Actually, the Inn is undergoing full-on refurbishment. The sea kayaking owner Steve MacFarlane is turning it into an environmentally friendly base for all sorts of activity on Scotland's west coast.


Earlier this week, Steve gave us a tour of the premises. In time his heating will come from solar and from burning waste wood, only topped up with electricity from local windfarms.

He spent a great deal of time explaining how his heating system worked. Much of the detail went over my head, but Liz seemed to understand.

Then we talked electrics. The entire place is lit with LEDs using an astonishing, computer controlled system. I think I understood this better.

(Oh, by the way, this is what the Inn looked like before the men with hammers came to visit.)

Unlike normal lighting, the LED lights are not on the same circuit as the switches. They're run together by computer wire which goes back to a mini-computer.

The normal looking switches also lead into this circuit board. Each switch can be programmed to operate any LED or group of LEDs. The output for an entire, large room is less than one 100w bulb!

Steve liked it so much he is now the UK importer for these LED systems and is building up a useful fund of knowledge. Who know, that might be a second business once the Inn is up and running.

On a previous post about Glenuig people commented nasty things about Steve. Please don't. Thanks.

1 Comments Here:

Steve said...

Thanks Simon; you seem to have captured the essence of what we are doing here! You are right that a renovation and green building project is lot to take in, and I am sure as you progress towards your own build project things will drop into place (or pop back for a refresher over a pint perhaps?)
The walls of the old Inn, as you show in your top photo, are what remained, we believe, of the building that was burnt down in 1746 in retribution for assistance given to Bonnie Prince Charlie, and we are keeping them for both historical and ecological reasons. . . that's for next time!