Can you help us reach our target and preserve this wonderful monument for future generations?  We need your help – if you value this fantastic castle as something that is more than the sum of its parts and wish to be a part of its enduring future, you can help by taking a stake in the castle as a sponsor of one of those parts. You now have the opportunity to sponsor a rock, but not just any old rock, one that has played a role, along with its neighbours, of holding the castle together for close on 900 years, sitting patiently in its place and preparing calmly to do so for another 2000 years.  Envy its glorious view, think upon those that have looked upon it unknowingly over nigh 50 generations , and those that are yet to do so over more yet to come.  Consider the craftsmen unknown that selected it, shaped it and placed it, and those here now helping to assure its continued comfort.

You have the opportunity to sponsor this stone’s future, to be forever associated with its fortune, to share in its vista, to savour fine and fierce weather and to watch patiently the passing tide of people and time.  If you are moved by such a prospect, and who wouldn’t be, choose your own little bit of history and to nurture it as a fragment of the future … and of course secure the same for those you admire, respect and love.  A fantastic gift. The stone you select will be assigned to you alone, its serial number, exact location and a name that you may choose for it will be entered into the records.  It will expect you to visit occasionally, but it can wait. Go on … Sponsor a Stone! After clicking the submit button you should receive a confirmatory email straight away, sent to the email address you entered and containing all the information you entered in the submission form.  We use this to identify your stone and mark up the image (red) so that no-one else can choose it.  We will also send you a pdf certificate containing the name of the stone you have sponsored and a picture of it.

Sponsor a Stone Certificate Draft with Stone


Problems sponsoring a stone?

Update 12 Feb at 13:44 – fixed a bug that was preventing the ‘click’ event happening in some versions of Internet Explorer.  [if you had problems when using internet explorer, could zoom OK but not get the coordinates on 'click', this may have fixed your problem]

We have tried to make the stone selection process as straightforward as possible and have tested it on a range of browsers and systems, however there are always exceptions, especially on the wide range of devices and browsers currently in use. Note that the process does rely on javascript, if javascript has been blocked or disabled in your browser then it will not work, you can check whether this is the case by going here: http://enable-javascript.com/ … the site runs a quick check to see whether javascript is enabled and informs you how to activate it if necessary.

If you are having difficulties, then the easiest option may simply be to try a different browser or PC/notebook, alternatively we have suggested some work-arounds below.  If you do have difficulties please drop us a note via our contacts form … we may be able to help, but at least it will give us an idea of whether there are lots of frustrated potential sponsors out there and it may point to some tweaks we need to make to get things working for you.  If you do get in touch please provide some detail about the problems you are having (ie what is not working) and anything special about your system that may be affecting things, otherwise we remain somewhat in the dark!

… if it’s still not working correctly, some work-arounds to try …

Work-around 1 – Take a snapshot (if zoom and pan is working but not click)

Well, despite our best efforts some people (not too many thankfully) are having difficulty getting the stone selection bit to work properly and we’re not quite sure why … however not to be beaten by infernal technology, here’s a belt and braces approach that should work for those who can zoom, but not click. We have placed a cunning little white cross at the lower right hand corner of the grey transparent submissions box, zoom into the image and align the stone you want under the cross.  Fill in all the boxes except the Stone Coords, then (if you can) reduce the size of your browser window to cut out superfluous parts of the image.  Now you need to grab the screen and send it to us as an image. There are lots of different ways of doing this depending on your computer/tablet and browser … for instance

  • Windows PC: hold down the ‘Alt’ key and press the ‘Print Screen’ button, this copies the active window to your clipboard as an image.
  • Apple PC: capture screen using Command (⌘)-Shift-3 [more details here - http://support.apple.com/kb/ph11229]

Then paste it into an email (or a document, or an image editor and save it) then email it to us at: stone@mingarycastle.co.uk On a tablet, depending on flavour, do a screen grab then email:

  • Android: at the same time press and hold for about 2 secs the Volume Down and POWER buttons.  The screenshot will be saved to the Gallery App, from where you can email it to us.
  • iPad: Hold down the Sleep/Wake button, and while holding it, press and release the Home button (the round one). Then you can release the Sleep/Wake button (this can be a moment later). Don’t hold down both buttons together for too long – this will power off your iPad. You only need to “click” the Home button, not hold it.  After the shutter click sound the image will be saved to your ‘Camera Roll’ album, look for it at the bottom, then email it to us.

Email the image to: stone@mingarycastle.co.uk

Then go ahead and make your donation.

Screen Grab

Work-Around 2 – Download Image (if neither zoom nor pan working)

Another alternative, if you are game, is to download the image (right click, save image as …), then open it in an image editing program (such as Paint, Irfanview, Gimp2 … many others), zoom in and then either run the mouse over (Gimp) or click (Paint, Irfanview) on the desired stone, all of these programs will show the x, y coordinates of the pixel clicked somewhere on the screen [the image is 4000 wide x 3000 high, 0,0 is at the top LH corner)

The illustration below shows the image opened in Paint (windows), the x, y coordinate for the  stone indicated by the black pointer is shown at the bottom left (arrowed) when you click on the image.


 Our thanks for your perseverance :)