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Doune Castle playing a starring role in Outlander

Outlander, a time-travelling US television romantic drama series with a £50 million budget, is shooting on location at Doune Castle, Perthshire.

Date added: 12 Mar 2014
Historic Scotland

The Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland

The bodies of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on Historic Monuments Scotland are to merge. The new Strategy details how our historic environment will be carefully managed to deliver benefits.

Date added: 12 Mar 2014
Mingary Castle

Ancient Graffiti in Mingary Castle

Ancient graffiti has been found in the chapel of 700 year old Mingary Castle. The graffiti, which was scratched into the plastered walls of the uninhabited castle, contains initials and images.

Date added: 12 Mar 2014
Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace considered for re-roofing

Historic Scotland has revealed it is considering re-roofing Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and one of the country’s most famous ruins.

Date added: 17 Jan 2014
Edinburgh Castle birth room

Edinburgh Castle Royal Birthing Room Reopened to Public

Edinburgh Castle has reopened the room where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI.

Date added: 06 Jan 2014
Ackergill Tower

Fire at Ackergill Tower near Wick treated as suspicious

The tower house overlooking Sinclair's Bay dates from the 15th Century. Firefighters and police have launched an investigation into a suspicious fire at a luxury hotel in Caithness.

Date added: 06 Jan 2014
Mingarry Castle

Mingary Castle to be restored

Mingary Castle stands on Ardnamurchan Estate land, near the village of Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Thankfully this fabulous, and important, historical castle is to be restored.

Date added: 23 Dec 2013
Inchdrewer Castle

Inchdrewer Castle bought by Russian model

Inchdrewer Castle, near Banff, in Scotland has been bought by a Russian lady who promises to restore it from ruin to a habitable home.

Date added: 27 Nov 2013
Kisimul Castle

Conservation work for Barra's Kisimul Castle

Members of Clan MacNeil and Historic Scotland have raised £200,000 for the planned work. Historic Scotland, which looks after the property, hopes that archaeologists will uncover new clues to castle life.

Date added: 02 Nov 2013
edinburgh castle

Heritage award for Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle has been named the top heritage attraction in the UK for the third year running.

Date added: 02 Nov 2013
Doune Castle

Doune Castle - location for 'Outlander'

Doune Castle in Perthshire is a key location for the upcoming series Outlander, based on the bestselling novels by Diana Gabaldon which tell the story of time-traveling couple Claire and James Fraser.

Date added: 25 Oct 2013
Professor Charles McKean

SCA mourns the death of Charles McKean FRSE

The Scottish Castles Association mourns the passing of our President, Professor Charles McKean, who died peacefully on 29th September 2013 aged 67.

Date added: 30 Sep 2013
Kindrochit Castle

Laying foundations for new lease of life at ancient castle

An ancient ruin in Royal Deeside is to e given a new lease of life. Aberdeenshire Council and Cairngorms National Park Authority have joined together to fund conservation work at Kindrochit Castle.

Date added: 20 Aug 2013
Eilean Donan

Eilean Donan Recaptured

Stonemasons working to weatherproof the walls of Eilean Donan castle, reduced to ruins during a Jacobite rebellion in 1719, have uncovered a vivid reminder of the building’s demise...

Date added: 26 Jul 2013
Stirling Castle Palace

Stirling Castle - A Most Amazing Experience!

A visit to Stirling Castle has been featured on a list of Europe's "most amazing experiences" in a new Lonely Planet guide.

Date added: 26 Jul 2013

The Hidden Chamber of Drum Castle

Revealed: the hidden castle chamber where a Jacobite hid for 3 years after Culloden. Archaeologists have hailed a discovery at a castle near Aberdeen which has lain hidden for at least 150 years.

Date added: 06 Jul 2013
Dunollie Castle spider

Castle creepy crawlies saved

Workers involved in a £1.3 million restoration of Dunollie Castle in Argyll have been given special instructions not to disturb its resident spiders.

Date added: 30 Jun 2013
Ailsa Craig

Castle Photographs - a peep at Social History

A bonus from old photographs is that we are looking back 100 years in social history. The castles provide a backdrop for people in their every day lives. Here are just a few.

Date added: 30 Jun 2013
Bothwell Castle Gate

Bothwell Castle - The Gatehouse

In 1337 Sir Andrew Moray captured Bothwell Castle from the English and 'scattered it from the foundations'. For 25 years it lay in ruin until 1362 when Sir Archibald Douglas married the Moray heiress, Lady Joanna.

Date added: 18 Jun 2013
Historic Scotland funding

Historic buildings to receive revamp

Historic buildings across Scotland will be revamped thanks to £2.6 million in new funding. Ten sites will be given building repair grants from Historic Scotland, announced Fiona Hyslop, Culture Secretary.

Date added: 06 Jun 2013