Scottish Castles Association

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The triumph of the thistle

Or ... a tale of a few citadels ...

Date added: 17 Sep 2015

Outlander - the castles that inspired the series

If you are a fan of the hit TV series Outlander and want to get closer to the action, here are some of the Scottish places and castles used to create atmosphere and authenticity to the dramatic scenes.

Date added: 15 Sep 2015

Stirling Castle's door and its mysterious grooves

Stirling Castle has provided us with a wealth of information about our history but still holds on to some of its secrets.

Date added: 08 Sep 2015

Seafield Tower Collapse

Seafield Tower in Fife is in bad repair and is in a critical state following the recent collapse of more walling.

Date added: 20 Aug 2015

Hope for Blairfindy Castle?

Following emergency work in 2013 to prevent Blairfindy Castle in Moray's collapse, could its future be secured by conversion into a home?

Date added: 20 Aug 2015

What a difference a year makes... to Mingary Castle

Just a year ago 13th century Mingary Castle, near Kilchoan, stood as a roofless ruin. Thanks to a £2.3million restoration project, it has now been turned into a luxury holiday retreat.

Date added: 21 Jul 2015

Eilean Donan Castle to star in Black Angel 2

Star Wars fans will be thrilled to know that a follow-up to cult film Black Angel is to be filmed at Eilean Donan Castle...

Date added: 25 Jun 2015

Redcastle still on Buildings at Risk Register

Another historic treasure has an uncertain fate despite numerous attempts to find a suitable buyer with the foresight - and budget - to restore it to its former glory.

Date added: 24 Jun 2015

Lochore Castle Revealed

Lochore Castle (also known as Inchgall Castle), near Kinross – long a ruin and standing within a wasteland – is about to give up its secrets.

Date added: 18 Jun 2015

A tale of two castles - Mugdock and Craigend

Mugdock and Craigend are castles situated in Mugdock Country Park, East Dunbartonshire. The former is 14th century and the latter 19th but both fuel the conundrum - how can one save a historic building and safeguard its future?

Date added: 10 Jun 2015

The National Trust takes ownership of Alloa Tower

Alloa Tower is to be gifted to the National Trust by the Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust who rescued the once derelict tower.

Date added: 04 Jun 2015

North-east castles set to benefit after National Trust Ball raises over £500,000

The National Trust's President's Ball, held at Castle Fraser in Aberdeenshire, was attended by businesses, local dignitaries and long-time supporters. The historic properties that are set to benefit are revealed here.

Date added: 23 May 2015

Planning permission granted for Nunraw Tower

Following its purchase by an American woman with Scottish heritage, Nunraw Tower, in East Lothian, is to be converted from a Cistercian monastery's guest house into a private home.

Date added: 20 May 2015

Harlawhill House awarded grant of £12,000 for urgent repairs

Following East Lothian Council's award of a grant, work to make Harlawhill House wind and watertight can begin.

Date added: 13 May 2015

Conservation of Torwoodlee Tower to start imminently

After successfully raising £150,000, the Pringle family of Torwoodlee are delighted to announce the start of a project to stabilise Torwoodlee Tower in Galashiels.

Date added: 07 May 2015
towers book

Tower Studies, 1 & 2 - exclusive members offer

The essays in this 320-page volume, the first in a series, publish the proceedings of the first two conferences of Turris, an international association for those interested in tower studies, held at Stirling in 2010 and Dundee in 2011

Date added: 29 Apr 2015

Strathaven in receipt of Historic Scotland grant

It is hoped that money received from a fund set up to help communities restore their town centres or to bring at-risk buildings back into reuse could see Strathaven Castle benefit.

Date added: 23 Apr 2015

Sorbie Tower, Wigtown - Consolidation or Restoration?

Sorbie Tower, Wigtown is a substantial L-shaped tower built by Alexander Hannay in the late 16th century. In spite of work over the last 50 years, it remains in a critical condition.

Date added: 03 Apr 2015

Eyemouth Fort comes back to life

Eyemouth Fort is regarded as the first 'Trace Italienne' fortification in Britain. The local museum has launched an interactive exhibit where visitors are able to watch a guided tour of the fort and 'play' the fort via an Xbox controller!

Date added: 16 Mar 2015
border towers

SCA member Alastair Maxwell-Irving publishes his second book on The Border Towers of Scotland

Alastair Maxwell-Irving's second book focuses on the evolution and architecture of the Border Towers of Scotland and features the surviving towers in the West, Middle and East Marches of the Scottish Borders

Date added: 04 Mar 2015