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JAMES I PROJECT

The hunt for King James I's lost royal tomb begins

The Scottish Castles Association president Professor Richard Oram is heading up a new exciting project to discover and recreate King James I's final resting place in Perth.


Date added: 22 Feb 2017 read more about james i project
SLAINS CAMPAIGN

Scots pensioner launches campaign to save Slains Castle

Yet another campaign to restore Slains Castle takes shape, thanks to the intervention of 82-year-old Joe Allan. Will this attempt be successful?


Date added: 16 Jan 2017 read more about slains campaign
URY HOUSE

Ury House to be restored as part of a £80million development

Progress on the restoration of magnificent Ury House is well underway, but what of other similar sites' fate?


Date added: 10 Jan 2017 read more about ury house
RHYMERS TOWER

The Mystery of Rhymer’s Tower

Fairy Queens and ballads – and a battle over ownership. It's the legend of Rhymer's Tower of course...


Date added: 20 Dec 2016 read more about rhymers tower
CHARLES MCKEAN MEMORIAL PRIZE

Award of the Scottish Castles Association Charles McKean Memorial Prize for Architecture 2016

UPDATE: View the winning entry for this prestigious prize which is awarded to the best architecture student design for the reoccupation and extension of a ruinous tower house or castle.


Date added: 26 Nov 2016 read more about charles mckean memorial prize
CASTLE VARRICH BENEFACTOR

Castle Varrich in the money!

Thanks to a generous £200,000 gift from a new landowner, and with support from Historic Scotland, Castle Varrich is set to have a more secure future.


Date added: 09 Oct 2016 read more about castle varrich benefactor
CASTLE LEOD GRANT

Castle which inspired Outlander's Castle Leoch gets funding boost

It's hoped Historic Environment Scotland's grant will help 16th-century Castle Leod to welcome more visitors


Date added: 20 Aug 2016 read more about castle leod grant
PROVAN HALL LOTTERY GRANT

Provan Hall to gain from £4.5m lottery fund

Arguably Glasgow’s oldest building, Provan Hall looks set to benefit as part of an imaginative scheme to provide a valuable recreational space near Easterhouse.


Date added: 29 Jul 2016 read more about provan hall lottery grant
BURGIE CASTLE

Is there hope for Burgie Castle?

Will Burgie Castle crumble in the footsteps of its neighbour Blervie Castle? We hope not...


Date added: 07 May 2016 read more about burgie castle
BALTERSAN CASTLE DRONE VIDEO

Drone's-eye view of Baltersan Castle

Take to the skies to see Baltersan Castle from a very different perspective!


Date added: 22 Apr 2016 read more about baltersan castle drone video
COWANE'S HOSPITAL

£2million funding should restore ailing Cowane's Hospital in Stirling to full health

The Cowane's Hospital Maintenance Trust are celebrating a significant funding boost which should see their plans for the 17th-century building come to life.


Date added: 10 Apr 2016 read more about cowane's hospital
KILMAHEW CASTLE

Kilmahew Castle thrown a lifeline

Funding recently allocated to St Peter's seminary in Cardross could see new life breathed into Kilmahew Castle


Date added: 31 Mar 2016 read more about kilmahew castle
PARTICK CASTLE

The Bishop’s Palace and Partick Castle rediscovered in Glasgow

The 400-year-old mystery of where the medieval Bishop's Palace of Glasgow and 17th-century Patrick Castle once stood has been solved – thanks to some fortuitous sewage works!


Date added: 31 Mar 2016 read more about partick castle
INNOVATION ARCHITECTURE DESIGN 2016

A trio of treasures voted amongst the most innovative architecture in Scotland

What do a castle, an abbey and a palace have in common? They have all earned the vote of Richard Oram, the Scottish Castles Association President, as some of Scotland's most iconic examples of Scottish architecture.


Date added: 15 Feb 2016 read more about innovation architecture design 2016
ABERGELDIE CASTLE

Abergeldie Castle rescued from the brink

The devastating floods which have affected north-east Scotland put many properties at risk, including historic Abergeldie Castle on Royal Deeside.


Date added: 14 Jan 2016 read more about abergeldie castle
CROSSBASKET CASTLE

Crossbasket Castle given a £9million kiss of life

Long neglected, badly vandalised and left virtually derelict, Crossbasket Castle near High Blantyre, Lanarkshire has been restored to its former glory.


Date added: 07 Jan 2016 read more about crossbasket castle
MINGARY CASTLE RESTORATION

What a difference a year makes... to Mingary Castle

Just a year ago 13th century Mingary Castle, near Kilchoan, stood as a roofless ruin. Thanks to a £2.3million restoration project, it has now been turned into a luxury holiday retreat.


Date added: 21 Jul 2015 read more about mingary castle restoration
LOCHORE CASTLE INCHGALL

Lochore Castle Revealed

Lochore Castle (also known as Inchgall Castle), near Kinross – long a ruin and standing within a wasteland – is about to give up its secrets.


Date added: 18 Jun 2015 read more about lochore castle inchgall
ALLOA TOWER

The National Trust takes ownership of Alloa Tower

Alloa Tower is to be gifted to the National Trust by the Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust who rescued the once derelict tower.


Date added: 04 Jun 2015 read more about alloa tower
NATIONAL TRUST BALL

North-east castles set to benefit after National Trust Ball raises over £500,000

The National Trust's President's Ball, held at Castle Fraser in Aberdeenshire, was attended by businesses, local dignitaries and long-time supporters. The historic properties that are set to benefit are revealed here.


Date added: 23 May 2015 read more about national trust ball