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Scottish Castle News

Keep up-to-date with all the SCA activities and news snippets that would be of interest to our members and like-minded site visitors.



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ELLON CASTLE

Ellon Castle set for a face lift

A new housing development will provide the funds to restore the gardens and to consolidate Ellon Castle


Date added: 10 Dec 2014 read more about ellon castle
FYVIE CASTLE COLLAPSE FEAR

Fyvie Castle fear of dramatic collapse to be averted

Problems came to light in the 1990s when cracks appeared in the walls of the Seton Tower at Fyvie Castle


Date added: 10 Dec 2014 read more about fyvie castle collapse fear
INVERNESS CASTLE

Inverness Castle - The Jewel in the City's Crown?

For years there have been calls for something ‘to be done’ with Inverness Castle. It is the town’s most conspicuous building rising high above the River Ness, yet public access is forbidden.


Date added: 17 Aug 2014 read more about inverness castle
TIBBERS CASTLE DUMFRIES

The Castle Studies Trust awards grant for Tibbers Castle

Tibbers Castle, Dumfries has been awarded a cash grant by the Castle Studies Trust. Tibbers is a large motte and bailey castle near Thornhill, consisting of a ‘headland’ cut off by a deep ditch.


Date added: 08 Aug 2014 read more about tibbers castle dumfries
WELSH CASTLE TRIP 2014

SCA Castle Trip to North Wales much enjoyed

In June 2014 members of the SCA spent four days exploring the castles of North Wales. Based in the seaside resort of Llandudno and blessed with glorious weather it was an experience that none of us will forget.


Date added: 25 Jun 2014 read more about welsh castle trip 2014
RICHARD ORAM SCA PRESIDENT

A new President for SCA

SCA is delighted to announce that Richard Oram has accepted the presidency of the Scottish Castles Association, a worthy successor to our late president, Charles McKean.


Date added: 12 Jun 2014 read more about richard oram sca president
CRAIGCROOK CASTLE FOR SALE

Craigcrook Castle up for sale

Craigcrook Castle, Edinburgh, is on the market for the first time in 300 years and is set to become the most expensive castle ever sold in Scotland.


Date added: 19 May 2014 read more about craigcrook castle for sale
DRUM CASTLE SCAFFOLDING

Drum Castle, Free of Scaffolding

Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire has completed a £700,000 refurbishment. For months the castle had been obscured by scaffolding.


Date added: 16 May 2014 read more about drum castle scaffolding
CASTLES NEWS MAY 2014

Castle Grant and Ackergill Tower News

Castle Grant in Moray, with an asking price of £1.1 million, has been placed on the market once again after we reported it had been sold. Also Ackergill Tower re-opens after closure due to fire damage.


Date added: 16 May 2014 read more about castles news may 2014
FORTH TRIP SUCCESS

Spring Outing to Castles a Great Success!

Members of the Association spent a splendid weekend based at South Queensferry to view the castles of the Forth valley. This was our first outing of the year.


Date added: 30 Apr 2014 read more about forth trip success
SPYNIE PALACE WALKWAY

New Walk planned for Spynie Palace

An original 'walk' has been created as part of the Moray Walking Festival which will link the cathedral town of Elgin with the palace of the Bishops of Moray at Sypnie.


Date added: 13 Apr 2014 read more about spynie palace walkway
DUNNOTTAR TO CLOSE

Dunnottar Castle to close whilst Kinneff Manse is for sale

Dunnottar is to close while repairs are made to the roof of Behnolm’s Lodging which flanks the entrance gateway to the castle.


Date added: 13 Apr 2014 read more about dunnottar to close
AILSA CRAIG BID

National Trust of Scotland may buy Ailsa Craig with US help

The National Trust of Scotland could launch a £1.5 million bid to buy Ailsa Craig thanks to the support of wealthy American donors. An organisation based in Boston is calling on the NTS to acquire the Island.


Date added: 07 Apr 2014 read more about ailsa craig bid
DOUNE CASTLE OUTLANDER

Doune Castle playing a starring role in Outlander

Outlander, a time-travelling US television romantic drama series with a £50 million budget, is shooting on location at Doune Castle, Perthshire.


Date added: 12 Mar 2014 read more about doune castle outlander
HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT STRATEGY

The Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland

The bodies of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on Historic Monuments Scotland are to merge. The new Strategy details how our historic environment will be carefully managed to deliver benefits.


Date added: 12 Mar 2014 read more about historic environment strategy
MINGARY CASTLE GRAFFITI

Ancient Graffiti in Mingary Castle

Ancient graffiti has been found in the chapel of 700 year old Mingary Castle. The graffiti, which was scratched into the plastered walls of the uninhabited castle, contains initials and images.


Date added: 12 Mar 2014 read more about mingary castle graffiti
LINLITHGOW PALACE ROOF

Linlithgow Palace considered for re-roofing

Historic Scotland has revealed it is considering re-roofing Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and one of the country’s most famous ruins.


Date added: 17 Jan 2014 read more about linlithgow palace roof
EDINBURGH CASTLE BIRTH ROOM

Edinburgh Castle Royal Birthing Room Reopened to Public

Edinburgh Castle has reopened the room where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI.


Date added: 06 Jan 2014 read more about edinburgh castle birth room
FIRE AT ACKERGILL TOWER

Fire at Ackergill Tower near Wick treated as suspicious

The tower house overlooking Sinclair's Bay dates from the 15th Century. Firefighters and police have launched an investigation into a suspicious fire at a luxury hotel in Caithness.


Date added: 06 Jan 2014 read more about fire at ackergill tower
MINGARRY CASTLE

Mingarry Castle to be restored

Mingary Castle stands on Ardnamurchan Estate land, near the village of Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Thankfully this fabulous, and important, historical castle is to be restored.


Date added: 23 Dec 2013 read more about mingarry castle