Past & Present
Kames - Past
It is said that the King of Scotland, Robert the Bruce, gifted Kames to the Bannatyne family in the 14th century. Thus Kames Estate has a long and interesting history.
Kames - The Future
Since purchasing the estate at the end of 2015 the current owners have been drawing up a programme of work to carry out repairs and renovations to the properties, historic glasshouse and the Keep.
All cottages have now been refurbished, including the replacement of all sash windows.
In October 2018, the renovations to the exterior of the Keep were completed. In the first instance work was primarily focused on preserving the integrity of the structure of the building beginning with the removal of the concrete render. This render was used to cover the original stonework in the 1970s. It is now known that this retains moisture preventing the masonry from breathing thus encouraging dampness. Thus the first works removed this render allowing the building to 'breath' and dry out before interior works begin. Unfortunately, this does mean that the Keep is not currently accessible to visitors but we look forward to a time in the future when this will be possible.
Ultimately it is hoped that the Keep will be transformed into a spectacular dwelling offering wonderful views of the surrounding sea views and countryside. Once completed the proposed accommodation will be arranged over four floors and will include: a large kitchen on the ground floor, a drawing room on the first floor and two en-suite bedrooms on each of the second and third floors.