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.
Inchdrewer Castle, near Banff, in Scotland has been bought by a Russian lady who promises to restore it from ruin to a habitable home.
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.
Edinburgh Castle has been named the top heritage attraction in the UK for the third year running.
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.
The Scottish Castles Association mourns the passing of our President, Professor Charles McKean, who died peacefully on 29th September 2013 aged 67.
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 & lime. Learn through master craftsmen and leading experts.
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.
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.
Please download our Members Letter and application forms giving information on our 2013 events including trips to Wigtownshire, Elibank House, Normandy and the North East of Scotland.
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.
In 1867 John Patrick of Kirkcaldy published an album of 28 photographic views of Fife many of which depicted castles. Each photograph had been carefully pasted onto card and labelled. His album provides, perhaps, the earliest photographic representation of some of our Fife castles.
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.
If you are a member, and don't yet have your account login details, please let us know via our online contact page. We are trying to gather as many members' email addresses as possible in order to get in touch with you easily. If you do not have an email address, please still request login details.
Members can now login in to view SCA member Brian McGarrigle's wonderful extensive collection of old postcards. Each postcard shows a picture of a Scottish Castle as it looked around the year 1900. Brian's been collecting castle postcards for over, let's just say, many years. Over 1300 images.
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!
Although we currently have 86 associated castles within our ranks we are always keen to add additional 'castle owners' to our membership list. If you own, or care for, an historic property we would love you to join us. Note: You do not need to be a castle owner to join. We welcome anyone with an interest in, or connection to, our built heritage.
View our extensive collection of castle postcards (circa 1900).