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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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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
NEWARK PAST PRESENT

Newark Castle (Ayr) - Past and Present

Newark Castle, near Ayr, has weathered the centuries well and is in excellent condition today.


Date added: 21 May 2015 read more about newark past present
GARGUNNOCK HOUSE STIRLING

Gargunnock House (Stirling) - Past and Present

At first glance Gargunnock House appears a typical 18th century mansion... but look closer.


Date added: 02 Apr 2015 read more about gargunnock house stirling
STALKER CASTLE ARGYLL

Stalker Castle (Argyll) - Past and Present

One of the most iconic castles of Scotland, Stalker stands on a rocky islet at the mouth of Loch Laich in Appin. It was roofless from 1831 until 1965 when it was restored.


Date added: 02 Apr 2015 read more about stalker castle argyll
LOCHMABEN CASTLE DUMFRIES

Lochmaben Castle (Dumfries) - Past and Present

Lochmaben is sited on a peninsular and was one of the principal fortresses in Scotland. It is more the pity that it is now in such a lamentable condition.


Date added: 11 Mar 2015 read more about lochmaben castle dumfries
SANQUHAR CASTLE DUMFRIES

Sanquhar Castle (Dumfries) - Past and Present

The castle, seeming to date from 1400, is difficult to decipher being much altered, allowed to ruin, consolidated, only to fall into ruin again.


Date added: 11 Mar 2015 read more about sanquhar castle dumfries
HORSBURGH CASTLE

Horsburgh Castle (Peebles) - Past and Present

Horsburgh is situated on a hilltop near to the county town of Peebles. A typical L-plan, whinstone tower house, it owes its survival to consolidation in the late 19th century.


Date added: 10 Mar 2015 read more about horsburgh castle
BALMANGAN TOWER KIRKCUDBRIGHT

Balmangan Tower (Kirkcudbright) - Past and Present

Balmangan is a simple, ruinous 16th century tower house. It survives to first floor level though a century ago it stood higher.


Date added: 10 Mar 2015 read more about balmangan tower kirkcudbright
DRUMCOLTRAN TOWER

Drumcoltran Tower (Kirkcudbright) - Past and present

Drumcoltran Tower is a plain 16th century rubble built L-plan tower with a vaulted basement rising to a parapet born upon individual corbels.


Date added: 03 Feb 2015 read more about drumcoltran tower
WAYGATESHAW LANARK

Waygateshaw (Lanark) - Past and present

From 1539 Waygateshaw was a house of the Lockhart family. In 1572 Stephen Lockhart was indicted for the murder of Lord Darnley. Today's house is comfortable and commodious while the original three storey tower is largely unused, except for storage.


Date added: 03 Feb 2015 read more about waygateshaw lanark
COCKBURNSPATH TOWER

Cockburnspath Tower (Berwick) - Past & Present

A 15th century tower of warm, red sandstone, Cockburnspath Tower is in poor condition and as recently as 2012 there was a collapse.


Date added: 15 Dec 2014 read more about cockburnspath tower
COCKBURNSPATH HOUSE

Cockburnspath House (Berwick) - Past & Present

This old house, locally known as Sparrow Castle, is situated in the village of Cockburnspath


Date added: 15 Dec 2014 read more about cockburnspath house
KIRKHILL CASTLE

Kirkhill Castle (Ayr) - Past & Present

Kirkhill Castle is a typical small fortalice of the 16th century and stands in the gardens of a house at Colmonell in Ayrshire.X


Date added: 15 Dec 2014 read more about kirkhill castle
TARBERT CASTLE

Tarbert Castle (Argyll) - Past & Present

Dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries Tarbert Castle had long been in a state of total neglect but was rescued and consolidated by a local trust.


Date added: 15 Dec 2014 read more about tarbert castle
LOUDON CASTLE

Loudoun Castle (Ayr) - Past & Present

Loudon Castle was built in 1807, incorporating portions of a 15th or 16th century tower house, and was burned down in 1942.


Date added: 15 Dec 2014 read more about loudon castle
SPEDLINS TOWER

Spedlins Tower (Dumfries) - Past & Present

This substantial tower house stands near Lockerbie in Dumfries.


Date added: 15 Dec 2014 read more about spedlins tower
EASTSHIELD TOWER

Eastshield (Lanark) - Past & Present

Set in rural Lanark near to Carnwath Eastshield is a 16th century tower house reduced to a 30 foot staircase tower and the scant remains of the main block.


Date added: 15 Dec 2014 read more about eastshield tower
ORCHARDTON TOWER

Orchardton Tower (Kirkcudbright) - Past & Present

Situated in rural Kirckcudbrightshire Orchardton is a small 15th century tower house of a unique, round design


Date added: 15 Dec 2014 read more about orchardton tower
CASTLE DUBH BLACK CASTLE

Black Castle (Perthshire) - Past & Present

Caisteal Dubh (Black Castle) stands on the outskirts of the town of Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire.


Date added: 12 Dec 2014 read more about castle dubh black castle