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Feature Articles

Within this section, you will find selected articles which have appeared in the association newsletter, The Journal, or are written up or supplied by our members, which would be of interest to our our members, potential new members and site visitors.



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DUNDONALD CASTLE AYRSHIRE

Old Bleary's grand design – Dundonald Castle

Built for King Robert II - known as Old Bleary - on his accession to the throne of Scotland in 1371, Dundonald Castle is now cared for by a passionate local trust.


Date added: 24 Jun 2016 read more about dundonald castle ayrshire
ROWALLAN CASTLE, AYRSHIRE

Something old, something new – Rowallan Castles are a beautiful union of Scottish castle styles

Two differing but stunning examples of Scottish architecture, Rowallan Castles – old and new – are standing strong.


Date added: 07 Jun 2016 read more about rowallan castle, ayrshire
CASTLE LACHLAN

Clan Lachlan's bid to preserve their ancestral home

Historic Castle Lachlan, on the banks of Loch Fyne, is once again being embraced by the Clan which bears its name.


Date added: 25 May 2016 read more about castle lachlan
ASGOG CASTLE

Asgog Castle's fight for survival

After a tumultuous history, Asgog Castle sits in an idyllic setting but is in far from idyllic condition...


Date added: 20 May 2016 read more about asgog castle
PORTENCROSS CASTLE ARDROSSAN

Portencross Castle – weathering the storms

An impressive sea girt, Portencross Castle has stood watch over the waters of the Clyde estuary for centuries. Now, others are safeguarding its future...


Date added: 13 May 2016 read more about portencross castle ardrossan
HUNTERSTON CASTLE

Hunterston Castle - small but perfectly-formed

Hunterston Castle was believed to have been moated once given its position on marshland near Seamill in Ayrshire.


Date added: 24 Mar 2016 read more about hunterston castle
KNOCK CASTLE

Knock Castle - original 17th-century treasure available to let soon

Knock Castle's future is set to be secured as work to convert its oldest manifestation into a property suitable for letting progresses.


Date added: 03 Feb 2016 read more about knock castle
AUCHANS CASTLE AYRSHIRE

Auchans Castle, Ayrshire

A magnificent example of a Renaissance palace, Auchans stands near the Ayrshire town of Dundonald.


Date added: 06 Jan 2016 read more about auchans castle ayrshire
KILMAURS PLACE EAST AYRSHIRE

Kilmaurs Place, East Ayrshire

We all like a place to call home and this 17th-century mansion is still a fine example of one.


Date added: 17 Dec 2015 read more about kilmaurs place east ayrshire
ARDROSSAN CASTLE AYRSHIRE

Ardrossan Castle, Ayrshire

Dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries Ardrossan Castle occupies a prominent position high on a rock overlooking the Firth of Clyde.


Date added: 10 Dec 2015 read more about ardrossan castle ayrshire
BEDRULE CASTLE

The tale of Bedrule Castle, Roxburghshire

Once visited by the King of England and the scene of some brutal killings, Bedrule Castle's tumultuous days are in the dim and distant past but we can imagine how this impressive stronghold may have once looked.


Date added: 26 Nov 2015 read more about bedrule castle
SKELMORLIE CASTLE AYR

"A fair, well-built house" a.k.a Skelmorlie Castle, Ayr

In 1600 Skelmorlie was noted as “a fair well-built house with its old fashioned gardens, terrace and shrubbery not to be surpassed in picturesque scenery by any prospect in Britain”.


Date added: 12 Nov 2015 read more about skelmorlie castle ayr
PLACE KILBIRNIE

The Place of Kilbirnie

Once the most desirable property in a part of Ayrshire and at the forefront of 17th-century design, The Place of Kilbirnie is now sadly neglected and forgotten. We shine the spotlight on it once more...


Date added: 05 Nov 2015 read more about place kilbirnie
CRAIGIE CASTLE SYMINGTON

Craigie Castle's hidden secret

Little-known Craigie Castle near Symington, dating from the 12th century, once had a magnificent groin-vaulted hall to boast about. Now, sadly, only tiny glimpses of its former glory can be seen.


Date added: 05 Nov 2015 read more about craigie castle symington
TIBBERS CASTLE RESEARCH

The history of Tibbers Castle may have to be rewritten

Research carried out by the Castle Studies Trust has changed our view of Tibbers Castle forever.


Date added: 26 Oct 2015 read more about tibbers castle research
MINGARY TIORAM

A future for Mingary and Tioram Castles?

Could the restoration of Mingary Castle prompt a fresh look at its sister castle Tioram's future?


Date added: 26 Oct 2015 read more about mingary tioram
DALQUHARRAN CASTLE

A Tale of Two Castles - Dalquharran (old and new)

Standing just 500 yards apart are two magnificent buildings. The original Dalquharran Castle whose construction began in the 15th century and its younger neighbour, also called Dalquharran Castle, built some 300 years later.


Date added: 24 Sep 2015 read more about dalquharran castle
CITADELS TRIUMPH THISTLE

The triumph of the thistle

Or ... a tale of a few citadels ...


Date added: 17 Sep 2015 read more about citadels triumph thistle
OUTLANDER LOCATIONS

Outlander - the castles that inspired the series

If you are a fan of the hit TV series Outlander and want to get closer to the action, here are some of the Scottish places and castles used to create atmosphere and authenticity to the dramatic scenes.


Date added: 15 Sep 2015 read more about outlander locations
STIRLING CASTLE DOOR

Stirling Castle’s door and its mysterious grooves

Stirling Castle has provided us with a wealth of information about our history but still holds on to some of its secrets.


Date added: 08 Sep 2015 read more about stirling castle door