Renewable energy is a very important part of our ethos at Sorn Castle and the decision was made in 2013 to undertake a very disruptive and complicated installation of a 200KW biomass boiler, replacing an antiquated, inefficient oil system. A large part of the castle did not have any heating or radiators, so floor boards were lifted and pipes installed throughout. This was no small feat but well worth the chaos and mess, as the biomass boiler provides the castle with plenty of reliable heat and hot water. We use our own sustainable timber which is managed under an approved long term forestation plan.
In addition to the castle’s boiler, we have a district Biomass Scheme at the Stables providing heat and hot water to the seven adjacent cottages.
The old turbine house within the grounds, below the castle on the River Ayr will take on a new lease of life in 2017, with the development of a 20KW hydro scheme. For this next project, the Victorian infrastructure will be utilized to take water from an intake on the weir, which will in turn, provide a sustainable electricity supply to the Castle from the power of the flow of water, as was originally designed by Jamie’s forefathers. We are very excited by this process and doing all we can to make the castle and surrounding estate sustainable for future generations.