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Preserving the Past for the Future

Castles in their past and present state by Brian McGarrigle

This section shows what a castle or tower house looked like when photography was in its infancy. We also show what it looks like in its present state. Thankfully, not all are in a sorry state as some fantastic historic buildings have been restored or consolidated. Hopefully we can show potential restorers that there are still many historic building capable of being saved. Sadly, it's too late for some.



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KNOCKHALL CASTLE

Knockhall Castle (Aberdeenshire) - Past and Present

An insight into the past and present of Knockhall Castle which is currently for sale for offers over £150,000.


Date added: 12 Mar 2017 read more about knockhall castle
DUNTRUNE CASTLE

Duntrune Castle (Argyllshire) - Past and Present

A stunning location for Duntrune makes it one of the landmark castles in Argyllshire.


Date added: 28 Dec 2016 read more about duntrune castle
MORTON'S GATE

Morton’s Gate (Edinburgh Castle) - Past and Present

The gateway to Edinburgh Castle welcomes thousands of visitors from around the globe every year but, under its previous guises, it saw its fair share of tumultuous times...


Date added: 13 Nov 2016 read more about morton's gate
LANGSHAW TOWER PAST PRESENT

Langshaw Tower (Roxburghshire) - Past and Present

A tower with a tale of two centuries to tell, Langshaw Tower was occupied until the 18th century and was even used as the village school.


Date added: 21 Oct 2016 read more about langshaw tower past present
ALLOA TOWER PAST AND PRESENT

Alloa Tower (Clackmannanshire) - Past and Present

The ancestral home of the Erskine family, Alloa Tower was rescued from years of ruin and neglect and is now in magnificent condition under the care of the National Trust for Scotland.


Date added: 17 Sep 2016 read more about alloa tower past and present
FRENCHLAND TOWER

Frenchland Tower (Dumfries) - Past and Present

A ruin – but eminently restorable should someone share the vision – Frenchland Tower is an interesting example of a Scottish castle


Date added: 27 Aug 2016 read more about frenchland tower
RIDDELL HOUSE ROXBURGH

Riddell House (Roxburgh) - Past and Present

Riddell by name and a riddle by nature, the tale of Riddell House in Roxburghshire - now sadly ruined - has many twists and turns...


Date added: 05 Aug 2016 read more about riddell house roxburgh
QUEEN MARY'S HOUSE JEDBURGH

Queen Mary's House (Jedburgh) - Past and Present

A home fit for a Queen - or is it? The debate over whether Queen Mary did indeed stay here still rages on...


Date added: 21 Jul 2016 read more about queen mary's house jedburgh
DALHOUSIE CASTLE PAST PRESENT

Dalhousie Castle (Midlothian) - Past and Present

The last castle in Scotland to have been besieged by an English king – and despite being ravaged by fire in 1867 – 15th-century Dalhousie Castle still stands strong.


Date added: 17 Jun 2016 read more about dalhousie castle past present
SORN CASTLE AYRSHIRE

Sorn Castle (Ayrshire) - Past and Present

Set on the side of dramatic ravine, Sorn Castle has evolved over the centuries from 14th-century tower house to stunning mansion.


Date added: 26 May 2016 read more about sorn castle ayrshire
KILDONAN CASTLE

Kildonan Castle (Arran) - Past and Present

With a prominent clifftop position overlooking the Firth of Clyde, Kildonan Castle has borne the brunt of the inclement Scottish weather...


Date added: 14 May 2016 read more about kildonan castle
LAW CASTLE WEST KILBRIDE

Law Castle (West Kilbride) - Past and Present

Once a roofless ruin, Law Castle is a shining example of how restoration can breathe new life into our historic buildings.


Date added: 19 Nov 2015 read more about law castle west kilbride
ARDENCAPLE CASTLE

Ardencaple Castle (Dumbarton) - Past and Present

Ardencaple Castle was a multi-period site, each addition obscuring the previous until nothing of the original castle appeared to survive – but appearances can be deceptive...


Date added: 31 Oct 2015 read more about ardencaple castle
LITTLEDEAN TOWER

Littledean Tower (Roxburghshire) - Past and Present

A tower with a turbulent history and unique design, Littledean is in critical condition.


Date added: 29 Sep 2015 read more about littledean tower
ISLE TOWER

Isle Tower (Wigtown) - Past and Present

A tower which Nigel Tranter claimed could be the latest - and also the most southerly - castle in Scotland reveals its charms and how they have stood the test of time.


Date added: 01 Sep 2015 read more about isle tower
ROSSEND PAST

Rossend Castle (Fife) - Past and Present

Rossend Castle stands proudly above the Firth of Forth and once provided a lodging for Mary Queen of Scots – and allegedly a French poet whose evening with the Queen came to an unsavoury end.


Date added: 23 Aug 2015 read more about rossend past
BLAIRQUHAN CASTLE

Blairquhan Castle (Ayr) - Past and Present

This (apparent) Tudor Gothic mansion of 1820 hides a secret...


Date added: 23 Jul 2015 read more about blairquhan castle
TORWOODLEE TOWER

Torwoodlee Tower (Selkirk) - Past and Present

A look at Torwoodlee Tower's fate over the years and how the funding recently secured by it could help stem its deterioration in the future.


Date added: 02 Jul 2015 read more about torwoodlee tower
BAROCHAN HOUSE

Barochan House (Renfrew) - Past and Lost

Barochan House, near Houston in Renfrew, was a 16th century tower house replacing an earlier castle. Lost forever, this is a glimpse of what once was.


Date added: 11 Jun 2015 read more about barochan house
CRAUFURDLAND CASTLE

Craufurdland Castle (Ayr) - Past and Present

Situated near Kilmarnock in rural Ayrshire, Craufurdland is a Gothic castle of 1830. Look closer, however, and there is more than meets the eye.


Date added: 04 Jun 2015 read more about craufurdland castle