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The Scottish Castles Association
Preserving the Past for the Future

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Welcome to the Scottish Castles Association website

The stone walls of Scotland's ancient castles, towers and fortified houses have witnessed, first-hand, the fascinating and tumultuous history of the Scottish nation. The Scottish Castles Association aims to help facilitate the protection, conservation or restoration of these unique properties for future generations to study, research and appreciate.

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The tale of Bedrule Castle, Roxburghshire

The tale of Bedrule Castle, Roxburghshire

Once visited by the King of England and the scene of some brutal killings, Bedrule Castle's tumultuous days are in the dim and distant past but we can imagine how this impressive stronghold may have once looked.

Category: Articles | Posted: 26th Nov 2015
The Nigel Tranter Memorial Award 2013

The Nigel Tranter Memorial Award 2013

An architect of international as well as Scottish renown, we were proud to present Ian Begg with our Nigel Tranter Memorial Award in 2013.

Category: Memorial-awards | Posted: 26th Nov 2015
Access to Tor Castle restored

Access to Tor Castle restored

Thanks to the efforts of local volunteers and Historic Environment Scotland, access to the ruins of Tor Castle has been restored once more.

Category: News | Posted: 24th Nov 2015
Law Castle (West Kilbride) - Past and Present

Law Castle (West Kilbride) - Past and Present

Once a roofless ruin, Law Castle is a shining example of how restoration can breathe new life into our historic buildings.

Category: Past-present | Posted: 19th Nov 2015
"A fair, well-built house" a.k.a Skelmorlie Castle, Ayr

"A fair, well-built house" a.k.a Skelmorlie Castle, Ayr

In 1600 Skelmorlie was noted as “a fair well-built house with its old fashioned gardens, terrace and shrubbery not to be surpassed in picturesque scenery by any prospect in Britain”.

Category: Articles | Posted: 12th Nov 2015

Scottish Castle Association News

Scottish Castle Association News

Check this section, which is regularly updated, for any snippets of news covering interesting topics which, we feel, will be of interest to our members, castle enthusiasts and general history buffs.

Website Feature Articles

Castle and History Related Feature Articles

Within this section, you will find selected articles which we hope will be of interest to our readership or have appeared in the association newsletter, The Journal, with a view to attract more site visitors and new members to our Association.

Castles Past

Castles in the past and present

This section shows a range of Scotland's castles as they appeared when photography was first introduced around the start of the 1900s. Some are in a lot better state thanks to restoration, sadly, others have not faired so well due to neglect and some can still be saved before it is too late.

Traditional Traditional Skills Centre Courses

Scottish Skills Training Centre offer courses including building, and repairing, dry stone walls, repairing, and maintaining our historic buildings which includes the use of traditional lime mortar.

Scottish Castle Tours

Scottish Castles Association Future Events

We have a number of exciting events planned, or are in the process of organising. Our events usually consist of castle visit weekends where we gain access to some wonderful historic properties not normally open to the public. We also have other events such as castle picnic days.

Castle Photographs

SCA Castle Photo Archive (members only)

One of the main benefits of joining the SCA is being given special access to our exclusive Castle Image Collection on this website, showing photographs of nearly all historical Scottish buildings which have been accumulated by SCA member John Pringle. A must for castle lovers and historians!

Scottish Castle Wedding Venues

Scottish Castles Wedding Venue List

If you are looking for a Scottish castle, or historical building, as a venue for your special wedding then start by exploring our Scottish Castle Wedding Venue List. We really do have some wonderful, unique, and magical romantic venues all with their own stories to tell.

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Made by: Tammy Cooper
Where: The Nigel Tranter Memorial Award 2013
Posted: 26 Nov 15
Made by: Roger Griffith
Where: Caldwell Tower (Renfrew) Past & Present
Posted: 22 Nov 15
Made by: BMcGarrigle
Where: Rossend Castle (Fife) - Past and Present
Posted: 15 Nov 15
Made by: Alexander J R Macdonald
Where: Ochiltree Castle - West Lothian
Posted: 10 Nov 15
Made by: David
Where: Fairlie Castle - Ayrshire
Posted: 05 Nov 15

Photographs of almost every castle in Scotland

Tillycairn Castle 02

Brian McGarrigle's Historic Castle Postcard Collection From Around Year 1900

Maybole Castle 02

John Buchanan-Smith Castle Drawings

Comlongan Castle

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Dundas Castle

Dundas Castle is one of Scotland's most beautiful and historic castles, it is a 5 Star Exclusive Use ... more info

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Paul Mowbray - Artist, Designer and Wood Craftsman

Paul is an Artist, Designer and Craftsman. Artistically led design - visualisation award winning design ... more info

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