The stone walls of Scotland's ancient castles, towers and fortified houses have witnessed, first-hand, the fascinating and tumultuous history of the Scottish nation. The Scottish Castles Association aims to help facilitate the protection, conservation or restoration of these unique properties for future generations to study, research and appreciate.
The Scottish Castles Associations welcomes anyone who shares our passion for the welfare of Scottish castles and historical buildings – many of which are in a perilous state and in need of rescue. Our mission statement says it all really, Preserving the Past for the Future. For the Scottish Castles Association to succeed in its aims it needs as many members as possible from all walks of life, whether at home or abroad. So, if you own a Scottish castle – be it rubble or restored – would like to own one or you are simply a 'castles buff' or lover of Scotland's history and heritage, we'd love to have you join us.
The Scottish Castles Association was founded in 1996 by a small group of castle enthusiasts to stimulate interest in the conservation and restoration of the many castles and fortified houses which, while they constitute much of Scotland's history in stone, are not regarded as sufficiently important to merit significant public funding. Scottish Castles Association members include castle owners, academics, architects, and non-specialists who simply have a passion for Scotland's built heritage.
The Scottish Castles Association is managed by an elected Council, comprising both owners and non-owning castle enthusiasts.
The Scottish Castles Association's membership has grown steadily and an increasing number and range of activities are undertaken. Much remains to be done, however, so there is no shortage of work for willing hands and minds. Members who do not wish, or have the time, to take an active part in the running of the Association are every bit as valuable as those who do, by supporting the Association with their membership fee and by spreading the word about the Association and its aims.
All members are encouraged to join our regular castle tours which, to date, have ranged almost the length of the country, from the Borders to Orkney, and to attend our informative and enjoyable social events.