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The Scottish Castles Association
preserving the past for the future

Share our passion
for preserving
Scotland's castles

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.

aims and objectives

NEWS: Issue 18 of The Journal now available to download for members - more info

SCA Castle Trip to North Wales much enjoyed

SCA Castle Trip to North Wales much enjoyed

In June 2014 members of the SCA spent 4 days exploring the castles of North Wales. Based in the seaside resort of Llandudno and blessed with glorious weather it was an experience that none of us will forget.

Category: News | Date Posted: 25th Jun 2014
A new President for SCA

A new President for SCA

SCA is delighted to announce that Richard Oram has accepted the presidency of the Scottish Castles Association, a worthy successor to our late president, Charles McKean.

Category: News | Date Posted: 12th Jun 2014
September - Dumfriesshire Castle Tour

September - Dumfriesshire Castle Tour

The SCA visit to Dumfriesshire will take place on 13th and 14th September 2014, at the very reasonable cost of £25 per day, including lunch and all visits. A coach will depart at 9am both days from Dumfries.

Category: Future Events | Date Posted: 12th Jun 2014
The 5th annual conference on Towers in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

The 5th annual conference on Towers in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

The 5th annual conference on Towers in Medieval and Renaissance Europe has 'Antiquity and Lineage: the Tower as Status Symbol' as its main theme. Towers were physical representations of personal and ancestral links.

Category: Conferences | Date Posted: 5th Jun 2014
Craigcrook Castle up for sale

Craigcrook Castle up for sale

Craigcrook Castle, Edinburgh, is on the market for the first time in 300 years and is set to become the most expensive castle ever sold in Scotland.

Category: News | Date Posted: 19th May 2014


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 & lime. Learn through master craftsmen and leading experts. Click links for info on skills courses.

SCA's full colour Journal PDF available to download for Members (once logged in)

Every year we produce, for our members, an edition of our 'Journal' which includes articles and news of our yearly activities. View photos and information about our wonderful Castle Weekends and news of castle restorations, new-build tower houses and interesting articles about our built heritage.

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.

Castles Past & Present

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.

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.

John Patrick Castle Photography

A Very Early Photographic Album of Castles from 1867

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.


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.

Members' Request Announcement

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.

 Castle Postcard Collection

Scottish Castle Postcard Collection - Now Live!

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.

 Mugdock Castle

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!


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Castle Craig

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.

Made by: Brian & Annick
Where: SCA Castle Trip to North Wales much enjoyed
Date posted: 05 Jul 14
Made by: David
Where: SCA Castle Trip to North Wales much enjoyed
Date posted: 25 Jun 14
Made by: John Hunter
Where: Plunton Castle (Kirkcudbright) Past & Present
Date posted: 20 Mar 14
Made by: David Campbell
Where: Jerviston Tower (Lanark) Past & Lost
Date posted: 02 Feb 14
Made by: John Pringle
Where: Buckholm Tower Part 1 (Roxburgh) Past & Present
Date posted: 08 Jan 14
Made by: Janet Brennan
Where: Castle Photographic Album from 1867 - taken by Fife Photographer John Patrick
Date posted: 21 Nov 13
Made by: john Hunter
Where: Scottish Castle - Made in China
Date posted: 17 Sep 13
Made by: Janet Brennan
Where: Scotland's best (and least) loved castles announced
Date posted: 19 Aug 13
Made by: John Hunter
Where: Scottish Castle - Made in China
Date posted: 09 Jul 12
Made by: Brian McGarrigle
Where: A broch has been discovered near the village of Dunning in Perth
Date posted: 02 Jul 12

Balgonie Castle


Balgonie Castle's Great Hall is the ideal setting for weddings, banquets and receptions, corporate events ... more info
See some photos taken from some of our castle tours...
Updated Sep 2012
Castle tour sketches...

View our extensive collection of castle postcards (circa 1900).

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