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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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?


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.


The Siege of Threave Castle 1455 - part III

When force did not work, King James II employed another strategy to end the power of the Douglases - and Threave Castle bore witness to it all.


Lickleyhead Castle has been repossessed

Troubled times lie ahead for 16th century Lickleyhead Castle after a decree has been ordered for the repossession of the property.


Unlocking the door to castle defences

Scottish castles and fortified homes often attracted unwelcome visitors so sturdy doors - and yetts - were required.


The consolidation conundrum

Preserving the integrity of our castles is never more tasking when essential consolidation work forces us to intervene.


Dunyvaig - a castle about to reveal its hidden secrets?

A community-based heritage group is aiming to raise funds to carry out excavation work at Dunyvaig Castle in Islay.

Monk Castle

The Scottish Manor House

As more peaceful times arrived in Scotland, a new, more refined, style of home emerged.


The Mysterious Peel of Lochwinnoch

We take a closer look at the Peel of Lochwinnoch, one of our most enigmatic and hardest-to-reach tower houses


Castle Warfare Part VIII: Despair at Ruthven 1746

The site of Ruthven Castle has a long and troubled association with the Jacobites...