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The Scottish Castles Association
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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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 (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 (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

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

Murieston Castle (West Lothian) - Past & Present

Murieston Castle is a 16th century tower house near Livingston, West Lothian remodelled as a folly in 1824.

Date added: 12 Dec 2014 read more about murieston castle

Amisfield Tower (Dumfries) - Past & Present

Amisfiled Tower is the finest tower house in southern Scotland. It is a vaulted building of two parts: the lower storeys being 16th century and the exuberant upper storeys which date from 1600.

Date added: 12 Dec 2014 read more about amisfield tower

Lincluden College (Dumfries) - Past & Present

Lincluden College, Dumfries, is a richly-decorated collegiate church of the 14th century with considerable remains of the 16th century domestic range

Date added: 12 Dec 2014 read more about lincluden college

Hoddom Castle (Dumfries) - Past & Present

Hoddom Castle is a massive L-plan tower, rising high above the River Annan and was built by Lord Maxwell between 1565-68.

Date added: 12 Dec 2014 read more about hoddom castle

Caldwell Tower (Renfrew) Past & Present

Caldwell is a 16th century tower visible for miles high on its hilltop. Its somewhat truncated appearance is due to the fact that it was once part of a larger courtyard castle.

Date added: 12 Jun 2014 read more about caldwell tower

Gilston Peel (Lothian) Past & Present

Gilston Peel is situated in the borders near to Lauder. It appears to have been a small tower house (or peel) of the late 16th century which, having fallen into ruin, was fitted up for agricultural.

Date added: 12 Jun 2014 read more about gilston peel

Carberry Tower (Lothian) Past & Present

Carberry is situated some 3 miles from the seaside town of Musselburgh. It dates from many periods but the nucleus is a massively strong tower of the early 16th c with a late 16th c extension.

Date added: 26 May 2014 read more about carberry tower

Balthayock Castle (Perth) Past & Present

Situated some 3 miles from Perth and standing on the side of a ravine Balthayock is a massive tower house.

Date added: 26 May 2014 read more about balthayock castle

Spynie Palace (Moray) Past & Present

Spynie is regarded as one of the finest tower houses in the land. Long in a state of neglect it is now under the protection of Historic Scotland who have undertaken a extensive programme of repairs and excavations.

Date added: 15 Apr 2014 read more about spynie palace

Dun Troddan (Inverness) Past & Present

In 'The Scottish Castle' published in 1960 Stewart Cruden included brochs as amongst 'The Earliest Castles'. These iron age structures deserve the appellation 'castle' and are unique to Scotland.

Date added: 19 Mar 2014 read more about dun troddan

Crookston Castle (Renfrew) Past & Present

Crookston stands high on a hill within the housing scheme of Pollok, Glasgow. It is a tower house of the late 14th century consisting of a massive oblong block flanked by 4 corner towers.

Date added: 18 Mar 2014 read more about crookston castle

Plunton Castle (Kirkcudbright) Past & Present

The castle is of typical L-plan, 3 storeys and an attic in height, vaulted, gun looped and with a wheel staircase in wing. It is built of random rubble with dressed openings.

Date added: 18 Mar 2014 read more about plunton castle

Fingask Castle (Perth) Past & Present

Fingask was a L-plan tower house of the late 16th century; extended in 1674 and remodelled in the 18th and 19th centuries. These additions were removed in 1925 when the castle took its present aspect.

Date added: 12 Mar 2014 read more about fingask castle

Ardvreck Castle (Sutherland) Past & Present

Ardvreck Castle is one of the most remote castles in Scotland and forms an iconic image in a treeless landscape. It is infamous through the treachery of its owner.

Date added: 12 Mar 2014 read more about ardvreck castle

Stirling Castle Great Hall - Past & Present

The Great Hall at Stirling Castle was built by James IV around 1503. It served as the focal point for royal celebrations until it fell into disuse in the late 17th century.

Date added: 12 Mar 2014 read more about stirling castle great hall

Bothwell Castle (Lothian) Past & Lost

Bothwell Castle stood in the town of Haddington and was a late 16th/early 17th century building with projecting wings forming a courtyard towards the river and a round tower facing the street.

Date added: 12 Feb 2014 read more about bothwell castle in haddington