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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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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
SEAFIELD TOWER

Seafield Tower Collapse

Seafield Tower in Fife is in bad repair and is in a critical state following the recent collapse of more walling.


Date added: 20 Aug 2015 read more about seafield tower
BLAIRFINDY CASTLE

Hope for Blairfindy Castle?

Following emergency work in 2013 to prevent Blairfindy Castle in Moray's collapse, could its future be secured by conversion into a home?


Date added: 20 Aug 2015 read more about blairfindy castle
BLACK ANGEL

Eilean Donan Castle to star in Black Angel 2

Star Wars fans will be thrilled to know that a follow-up to cult film Black Angel is to be filmed at Eilean Donan Castle...


Date added: 25 Jun 2015 read more about black angel
REDCASTLE

Redcastle still on Buildings at Risk Register

Another historic treasure has an uncertain fate despite numerous attempts to find a suitable buyer with the foresight - and budget - to restore it to its former glory.


Date added: 24 Jun 2015 read more about redcastle
MUGDOCK CRAIGEND CASTLE

A tale of two castles - Mugdock and Craigend

Mugdock and Craigend are castles situated in Mugdock Country Park, East Dunbartonshire. The former is 14th century and the latter 19th but both fuel the conundrum - how can one save a historic building and safeguard its future?


Date added: 10 Jun 2015 read more about mugdock craigend castle
EILEAN DONAN RECAPTURED

Eilean Donan Recaptured

Stonemasons working to weatherproof the walls of Eilean Donan castle, reduced to ruins during a Jacobite rebellion in 1719, have uncovered a vivid reminder of the building’s demise...


Date added: 26 Jul 2013 read more about eilean donan recaptured
STIRLING CASTLE EXPERIENCE

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 read more about stirling castle experience
DRUM CASTLE HIDDEN CHAMBER

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 read more about drum castle hidden chamber
CASTLE PHOTOS SOCIAL HISTORY

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 read more about castle photos social history
BOTHWELL CASTLE GATEHOUSE

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 read more about bothwell castle gatehouse
CHATEAU DE COUCY DESTRUCTION

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 read more about chateau de coucy destruction
LOCH-AN-EILEAN CASTLE INVERNESS

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 read more about loch-an-eilean castle inverness
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BOTHWELL CASTLE?

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 read more about whatever happened to bothwell castle?
WAR DAMAGED CHURCHES

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 read more about war damaged churches
HOLYROOD PALACE

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 read more about holyrood palace
WAR DAMAGED STRONGHOLDS PART 1

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 read more about war damaged strongholds part 1
MONS MEG

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 read more about mons meg
CRAIGIETOCHER TOWER CHAPTER 3

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 read more about craigietocher tower chapter 3