Scottish Castles Association

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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
mons meg

Take it as red, Mons Meg had a paint job

The History of Edinburgh Castle has been rewritten after months of research by archaeologists and historians - dispelling some popular myths about the fortress.

Date added: 04 Nov 2012
edinburgh castle

Edinburgh Castle voted top UK tourist attraction

Edinburgh Castle has been voted the leading UK attraction for the second consecutive year.

Date added: 04 Nov 2012
Craigietocher Tower

The Building of Craigietocher Tower - Chapter 3

Did you know that we have our very own 'Grand Designs' project being built by one of our members? Phill Plevey is currently building his own Scottish Castle in the old style. Read about Scotland's latest castle.

Date added: 29 Oct 2012
Elliestoun Sword

Ceremonial Sword and Scabbard Owned by the Sempills of Elliestoun

This large bearing sword, with its leather scabbard, belonged to the Sempills of Elliestoun. It was used for ceremonial purposes only. The sword is two and a half metres long.

Date added: 29 Oct 2012
Ochiltree Castle

Ground Source Heating - A Personal View

We had been talking about ways of reducing our heating bills and improving our 'green' credentials when two factors coincided in 2008 to help us make a decision to put in ground source heating.

Date added: 20 Oct 2012
Craigietocher Tower

The Building of Craigietocher Tower - Chapter 2

Chapter 2 in the building of a new castle, Craigietocher Tower, in the old Scottish Tower House style by SCA member Phill Plevey. Time frame: 2008 to 2011

Date added: 20 Oct 2012
Craigietocher Tower

The Building of Craigietocher Tower - Chapter 1

I started looking for a small Scottish Tower or L Plan Castle to restore in 1992 and although there are lots within a 50 to 75 mile radius of Aberdeen. I found I could not purchase one for a reasonable price.

Date added: 19 Oct 2012

Medieval Lavers in Scottish Tower Houses

When touring Clackmannanshire castles with the SCA in April 2010, I noted the presence of a carved stone basin in each of the halls of Clackmannan tower and Sauchie castle. Both drained out through the wall.

Date added: 12 Oct 2012
John Clerk

John Clerk of Eldin (1728 - 1812) Exhibition

John Clerk of Eldin is well known to art historians of 18th century British art, and he is often included in exhibitions and publications relating to the work of other 18th century figures.

Date added: 06 Oct 2012
Cruggleton Castle

Cruggleton Castle - Brian McGarrigle

The ruins of the once grand Cruggleton Castle are located high on a rocky promontory overlooking the Irish Sea not far from Whithorn in Wigtownshire.

Date added: 03 Oct 2012