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s Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar to become the Eighth Wonder of the World?

An iconic Aberdeenshire castle is Scotland’s nomination to become the Eighth Wonder of the World. Dunnottar Castle, near Stonehaven, topped a Visit Scotland online poll to represent the country.

Date added: 01 Jun 2013

The Destruction of Chateau de Coucy in 1917

Open any book on Scottish castles and sooner or later mention will be made of Chateau de Coucy in Picardy, France, which is regarded to be one of the greatest castles of the middle ages.

Date added: 22 May 2013
Mingary Castle

Mingary Castle in line for preservation cash boost

Crumbling Mingary Castle, which is one of the best-preserved building of its type in Scotland, looks set to be in line for some much needed preservation cash.

Date added: 22 May 2013
loch an eilean castle

Loch an Eilein Castle - Inverness

Loch-an-Eilein Castle stands in the loch of that name about 5 km from Aviemore. It has been largely ignored by the academic world.

Date added: 14 Mar 2013
Leith Hall

Leith Hall to Reopen

Brighter days lie ahead for the National Trust for Scotland property, Leith Hall, at Kennethmont which is set to open its doors to visitors again later this year.

Date added: 01 Mar 2013
Bothwell Castle

Whatever happened to Bothwell Castle?

The appearance of Bothwell Castle today owes everything to Archibald Douglas, 1st Earl of Forfar, who demolished half of it in 1700.

Date added: 01 Mar 2013
war damaged churches

War Damaged Buildings Part 2

In Part 1 of this series attention was paid to castles that bore the marks of conflict. This account takes a look at 3 churches that suffered the same attention.

Date added: 28 Feb 2013
Holyrood Palace

Holyrood Palace – The Great Tower of James V

King James V erected the great tower at Holyrood between 1529-32 as a freestanding residence, fortified and protected by drawbridge and moat. For 5 years it stood alone and detached from the other palace buildings.

Date added: 22 Dec 2012
castle damage

War Damaged Buildings Part 1

Many of Scotland's buildings retain evidence of conflict - here are just some of them.

Date added: 20 Dec 2012
scottish battles

Scottish battlefields: Inventory recognises 39 historic sites

Thirty-nine sites of violent clashes on Scottish soil have been officially recognised in Scotland's Inventory of Historic Battlefields. The database has been put together by Historic Scotland.

Date added: 16 Dec 2012
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