Scottish Castles Association

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Ury House undergoing restoration as part of a £80million development

Progress on the restoration of magnificent Ury House is well underway, but what of other similar sites' fate?

Date added: 10 Jan 2017

The Mystery of Rhymer's Tower

Fairy Queens and ballads - and a battle over ownership. It's the legend of Rhymer's Tower of course...

Date added: 20 Dec 2016

Castle Warfare Part III: Death at Innerwick - Life at Thornton 1547*

When the Duke of Somerset, Edward Seymour, sent his army towards Edinburgh. Thornton Castle and Innerwick Castle were in his firing line...

Date added: 02 Dec 2016
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Award of the Scottish Castles Association Charles McKean Memorial Prize for Architecture 2016

UPDATE: View the winning entry for this prestigious prize which is awarded to the best architecture student design for the reoccupation and extension of a ruinous tower house or castle.

Date added: 26 Nov 2016

Scotland's Island Castles

Found in some of Scotland's most stunning vistas, here's a selection of those harder-to-reach but well-worth-the-effort-to-visit castles...

Date added: 29 Oct 2016
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Castle Varrich in the money!

Thanks to a generous £200,000 gift from a new landowner, and with support from Historic Scotland, Castle Varrich is set to have a more secure future.

Date added: 09 Oct 2016

The 'Great Garden' - a trip to the Island of Lismore

On a Scottish Castles Association trip one castle often leads to another...and another. Join SCA member Brian McGarrigle on his extended trip to Lismore...

Date added: 01 Oct 2016

Castle Warfare Part II: Slaughter at Ferniehirst Castle

For those who think of the Scottish Borders' history as 'romantic', think again. Once an English garrison, Ferniehirst Castle near Jedburgh witnessed brutal savagery at first hand

Date added: 04 Sep 2016
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Castle which inspired Outlander's Castle Leoch gets funding boost

It's hoped Historic Environment Scotland's grant will help 16th-century Castle Leod to welcome more visitors

Date added: 20 Aug 2016

Lochore Castle and Eyemouth Fort Secured

Positive progress on consolidation work on Lochore Castle in Fife and historic Eyemouth Fort.

Date added: 17 Aug 2016

Castle Warfare Part I: Whitton Tower and Cessford Castle

The first of what will be an occasional series revealing the dramatic stories behind the war wounds still visible on our Scottish castles today.

Date added: 06 Aug 2016
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Provan Hall to gain from £4.5m lottery fund

Arguably Glasgow's oldest building, Provan Hall looks set to benefit as part of an imaginative scheme to provide a valuable recreational space near Easterhouse.

Date added: 29 Jul 2016

Faces from the past - a snapshot of those who worked and played in Scottish castles

Enjoy this peep into social history, courtesy of some of our fabulous castles and the people who shared them...

Date added: 12 Jul 2016
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Pilmuir House - a 'delightful example' of a laird's house

Pilmuir House near Haddington, East Lothian was a particular favourite of Nigel Tranter

Date added: 09 Jul 2016

'Doune and gloom' for Gartincaber Tower

Despite valiant attempts to save it, the 'centre of Scotland' is no longer watched over by unique Gartincaber Tower.

Date added: 30 Jun 2016

Old Bleary's grand design - Dundonald Castle

Built for King Robert II - known as Old Bleary - on his accession to the throne of Scotland in 1371, Dundonald Castle is now cared for by a passionate local trust.

Date added: 24 Jun 2016

Something old, something new - Rowallan Castles are a beautiful union of Scottish castle styles

Two differing but stunning examples of Scottish architecture, Rowallan Castles - old and new - are standing strong.

Date added: 07 Jun 2016
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Clan Lachlan's bid to preserve their ancestral home

Historic Castle Lachlan, on the banks of Loch Fyne, is once again being embraced by the Clan which bears its name.

Date added: 25 May 2016

Asgog Castle's fight for survival

After a tumultuous history, Asgog Castle sits in an idyllic setting but is in far from idyllic condition...

Date added: 20 May 2016

Portencross Castle - Weathering the Storms

An impressive sea girt, Portencross Castle has stood watch over the waters of the Clyde estuary for centuries. Now, others are safeguarding its future...

Date added: 13 May 2016