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The Scottish Castles Association
Preserving the Past for the Future

Our History


The Scottish Castles Association was founded in 1996 by a small group of castle enthusiasts to stimulate interest in the conservation and restoration of the many castles and fortified houses which, while the constitute much of Scotland's history in stone, are not regarded as sufficiently important to merit significant public funding. Membership of the Association encompasses castle owners, academics, architects, and non-specialists who simply have a passion for Scotland's heritage.

The Association is managed by an elected Council, comprising both owners and non-owning castle enthusiasts.

The Association's membership has grown steadily and an increasing number and range of activities are undertaken. Much remains to be done, however, so there is no shortage of work for willing hands and minds. Members who do not wish, or have the time, to take an active part in the running of the Association are every bit as valuable as those who do, by supporting the Association with their membership fee and by spreading the word about the Association and its aims.

All members are encouraged to join our regular castle tours which, to date, have ranged almost the length of the country, from the Borders to Orkney, and to attend our informative Conferences and enjoyable social picnics.

For the Association to succeed in its aims it needs as many members as possible from all walks of life, whether at home or abroad. So, if you own a Scottish castle - be it rubble or restored - or would like to own one, or you are simply a 'castles buff' or a lover of Scotland's history and heritage, we'd love to have you join us.

Date posted: 24 Feb 2010Last updated: 15 Jan 2015

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Posted: 24 Feb 2010