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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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What a difference a year makes... to Mingary Castle

What a difference a year makes... to Mingary Castle

Just a year ago 13th century Mingary Castle, near Kilchoan, stood as a roofless ruin. Thanks to a 2.3million restoration project, it has now been turned into a luxury holiday retreat.

Category: News-articles | Date Posted: 21st Jul 2015
Torwoodlee Tower (Selkirk) - Past and Present

Torwoodlee Tower (Selkirk) - Past and Present

A look at Torwoodlee Tower's fate over the years and how the funding recently secured by it could help stem its deterioration in the future.

Category: Past-present | Date Posted: 2nd Jul 2015
Eilean Donan Castle to star in Black Angel 2

Eilean Donan Castle to star in Black Angel 2

Star Wars fans will be thrilled to know that a follow-up to cult film Black Angel is to be filmed at Eilean Donan Castle...

Category: Features | Date Posted: 25th Jun 2015
Redcastle still on Buildings at Risk Register

Redcastle still on Buildings at Risk Register

Another historic treasure has an uncertain fate despite numerous attempts to find a suitable buyer with the foresight - and budget - to restore it to its former glory.

Category: Features | Date Posted: 24th Jun 2015
Blairquhan (Ayr) - Past and Present

Blairquhan (Ayr) - Past and Present

This (apparent) Tudor Gothic mansion of 1820 hides a secret...

Category: Past-present | Date Posted: 18th Jun 2015

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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Members' Comments

Made by: David Campbell
Where: Caldwell Tower (Renfrew) Past & Present
Date posted: 22 Jul 15
Made by: Ken Moore
Where: Caldwell Tower (Renfrew) Past & Present
Date posted: 21 Jul 15
Made by: O'Toole
Where: SCA Castle Tour To Stirlingshire - Feb 2004
Date posted: 12 Jul 15
Made by: Deborah (Williams) Patterson
Where: Dunderave Castle Picnic - Sun 16th May 2010
Date posted: 11 Jul 15
Made by: member of public
Where: A tale of two castles - Mugdock and Craigend
Date posted: 29 Jun 15

Photographs of almost every castle in Scotland

Dalmellington Motte 02

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

Spott House 01

John Buchanan-Smith Castle Drawings


Make your big day even more special by choosing a beautiful Scottish Castle as a wedding venue.

Culzean Castle

Robert Adam's mastery of form in his radical adaptation of this Castle (originally dating from 1590) ... more info

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