The restoration of the Great Polish Map of Scotland was unveiled at Barony Castle yesterday afternoon by Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop.
A 3D model of the map has also been developed by Historic Environment Scotland, which will be presented as a Scottish contribution to the Polish independence centenary celebrations.
The Map is located in the grounds of the hotel, just a short walk away and is open to visitors anytime. The hotel’s Bar and Restaurant are open daily to non-residents and if you’re visiting why not pop in for a coffee or a bite to eat.
A unique view…
The following pictures were taken by Mr Marek Melges from the roof of Barony Castle.
Mr Melges is the son-in-law of Mr. Jan Stanisław Tomasik, who owned the hotel during the period 1968 – 1986, and as a family member was involved in the construction of the map.
Mr Melges also commented:
“Although I followed my professional career elsewhere, nevertheless my family and I always remained in close relationship with the Tomasik family in Scotland, frequently visiting Black Barony Hotel, as it was known then.
For the past eight years, my wife and I frequently visited the Map of Scotland whilst in Scotland to spend time with a sick relative.
We have been, and remain, in close contact with Keith Burns regarding the history of the map and its construction details.
I wish to congratulate you on your excellent tea and shortbread biscuits which we always enjoy after our visits to the map.”
Our sincere thanks to Mr Melges for the photos which offer a fascinating view of how Barony Castle has changed over the years.
12th April 2018
12th April 2018