Scottish Castles Association

Preserving the Past for the Future


News and Features

This section, which is regularly updated, contains informative historical news, selected articles from our yearly newsletter, The Journal, all covering interesting topics which, we feel, will be of interest to our members, castle enthusiasts, history buffs and site visitors who, hopefully, will be enticed to join the Scottish Castles Association.
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cambuskenneth

Cambuskenneth - a Bell Tower which became a Tower House

When Cambuskenneth Abbey was 'ruined and cast down' in 1559 its Bell Tower, thanks to its suitability for conversion to a home, was saved.

Date added: 26 Feb 2019
kirkhope rettie

Kirkhope Tower is for sale

Partially restored and at offers over £295,000, Kirkhope Tower represents an amazing opportunity to own a dream Scottish castle.

Date added: 11 Feb 2019
baltersan

Baltersan Castle restoration plans announced

News of exciting plans to restore Baltersan Castle is music to our ears!

Date added: 31 Jan 2019
wisharts port

Scotland's Ports - Wishart’s Gate

Scotland's unwalled towns employed 'ports' to give them some form of security – even if just from unsavoury citizens afflicted with the plague!

Date added: 29 Jan 2019
roxburgh

The Siege of Roxburgh Castle 1460 - part IV

King James II had survived many battles before he lost his life to the most unlikely of opponents at the siege of Roxburgh Castle.

Date added: 10 Jan 2019
wellhouse edinburgh

The Wellhouse Tower by Edinburgh Castle

A sorry sight greets rail passengers arriving in Edinburgh today but Wellhouse Tower once carried out a vital role.

Date added: 18 Dec 2018
st andrews drawbridge

Scotland's Gaff Drawbridges - and their French counterparts

If you were an unwanted visitor to a Scottish castle you may have been 'welcomed' by the order to 'draw the bridge' – a sure-fire sign, you weren't going to be asked in for a cup of tea!

Date added: 05 Dec 2018
borthwick

The Tomb of Sir William Borthwick

One of the finest keeps in Scotland, Borthwick Castle also produced one of the finest tombs – that of its one-time occupant Sir William Borthwick.

Date added: 17 Nov 2018
mary stuart queen

Mary Queen of Scots - the Castles of her Escape

Most people know Mary Queen of Scots made her dramatic escape from Lochleven Castle in Fife. But, where did she seek sanctuary next?

Date added: 30 Oct 2018
lerrins

Castles of France - The Fortified Abbey of Lérrins

The latest in our series of articles featuring some superb French fortifications, this time the serene Lérrins Abbey.

Date added: 23 Oct 2018
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