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.
Stirling Castle - A Most Amazing Experience!
A visit to Stirling Castle has been featured on a list of Europe's "most amazing experiences" in a new Lonely Planet guide.
Date added: 26 Jul 2013
The Hidden Chamber of Drum Castle
Revealed: the hidden castle chamber where a Jacobite hid for 3 years after Culloden. Archaeologists have hailed a discovery at a castle near Aberdeen which has lain hidden for at least 150 years.
Date added: 06 Jul 2013
Castle Photographs - a peep at Social History
A bonus from old photographs is that we are looking back 100 years in social history. The castles provide a backdrop for people in their every day lives. Here are just a few.
Date added: 30 Jun 2013
Bothwell Castle - The Gatehouse
In 1337 Sir Andrew Moray captured Bothwell Castle from the English and 'scattered it from the foundations'. For 25 years it lay in ruin until 1362 when Sir Archibald Douglas married the Moray heiress, Lady Joanna.
Date added: 18 Jun 2013
The Destruction of Chateau de Coucy in 1917 - Brian McGarrigle
Open any book on Scottish castles and sooner or later mention will be made of Chateau de Coucy in Picardy, France, which is regarded to be one of the greatest castles of the middle ages.
Date added: 22 May 2013
Loch-an-Eilean Castle - Inverness
Loch-an-Eilean Castle stands in the loch of that name about 5 km from Aviemore. It has been largely ignored by the academic world.
Date added: 14 Mar 2013
Whatever happened to Bothwell Castle?
The appearance of Bothwell Castle today owes everything to Archibald Douglas, 1st Earl of Forfar, who demolished half of it in 1700.
Date added: 01 Mar 2013
War Damaged Buildings Part 2
In Part 1 of this series attention was paid to castles that bore the marks of conflict. This account takes a look at 3 churches that suffered the same attention.
Date added: 28 Feb 2013
Holyrood Palace – The Great Tower of James V
King James V erected the great tower at Holyrood between 1529-32 as a freestanding residence, fortified and protected by drawbridge and moat. For 5 years it stood alone and detached from the other palace buildings.
Date added: 22 Dec 2012
War Damaged Buildings Part 1
Many of Scotland's buildings retain evidence of conflict - here are just some of them.
Date added: 20 Dec 2012
Take it as red, Mons Meg had a paint job
The History of Edinburgh Castle has been rewritten after months of research by archaeologists and historians - dispelling some popular myths about the fortress.
Date added: 04 Nov 2012
The Building of Craigietocher Tower - Chapter 3
Did you know that we have our very own 'Grand Designs' project being built by one of our members? Phill Plevey is currently building his own Scottish Castle in the old style. Read about Scotland's latest castle.
Date added: 29 Oct 2012
Ceremonial Sword and Scabbard Owned by the Sempills of Elliestoun
This large bearing sword, with its leather scabbard, belonged to the Sempills of Elliestoun. It was used for ceremonial purposes only. The sword is two and a half metres long.
Date added: 29 Oct 2012
Ground Source Heating - A Personal View
We had been talking about ways of reducing our heating bills and improving our 'green' credentials when two factors coincided in 2008 to help us make a decision to put in ground source heating.
Date added: 20 Oct 2012
The Building of Craigietocher Tower - Chapter 2
Chapter 2 in the building of a new castle, Craigietocher Tower, in the old Scottish Tower House style by SCA member Phill Plevey. Time frame: 2008 to 2011
Date added: 20 Oct 2012
The Building of Craigietocher Tower - Chapter 1
I started looking for a small Scottish Tower or L Plan Castle to restore in 1992 and although there are lots within a 50 to 75 mile radius of Aberdeen. I found I could not purchase one for a reasonable price.
Date added: 19 Oct 2012
Medieval Lavers in Scottish Tower Houses
When touring Clackmannanshire castles with the SCA in April 2010, I noted the presence of a carved stone basin in each of the halls of Clackmannan tower and Sauchie castle. Both drained out through the wall.
Date added: 12 Oct 2012
Cruggleton Castle - Brian McGarrigle
The ruins of the once grand Cruggleton Castle are located high on a rocky promontory overlooking the Irish Sea not far from Whithorn in Wigtownshire.
Date added: 03 Oct 2012
The Attack on Wee Cumbrae Castle 1599
Little Cumbrae Castle stands on an island in the Firth of Clyde opposite the Ayrshire seaside town of Largs. It can be reached by boat from the latter and provides an excellent day’s excursion.
Date added: 26 Sep 2012
Castle Photographic Album from 1867 - taken by Fife Photographer John Patrick
In 1867 John Patrick of Kirkcaldy published an album of 28 photographic views of Fife many of which depicted castles. Each photograph had been carefully pasted onto card and labelled.
Date added: 04 Sep 2012