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The Scottish Castles Association
Preserving the Past for the Future

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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.

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

Old Bleary's grand design – Dundonald Castle

Old Bleary's grand design Dundonald Castle

Built for King Robert II - known as Old Bleary - on his accession to the throne of Scotland in 1371, Dundonald Castle is now cared for by a passionate local trust.

Category: Articles | Posted: 24th Jun 2016
Dalhousie Castle (Midlothian) - Past and Present

Dalhousie Castle (Midlothian) - Past and Present

The last castle in Scotland to have been besieged by an English king and despite being ravaged by fire in 1867 15th-century Dalhousie Castle still stands strong.

Category: Past-present | Posted: 17th Jun 2016
Something old, something new – Rowallan Castles are a beautiful union of Scottish castle styles

Something old, something new Rowallan Castles are a beautiful union of Scottish castle styles

Two differing but stunning examples of Scottish architecture, Rowallan Castles old and new are standing strong.

Category: Articles | Posted: 7th Jun 2016
Sorn Castle (Ayrshire) - Past and Present

Sorn Castle (Ayrshire) - Past and Present

Set on the side of dramatic ravine, Sorn Castle has evolved over the centuries from 14th-century tower house to stunning mansion.

Category: Past-present | Posted: 26th May 2016
Clan Lachlan's bid to preserve their ancestral home

Clan Lachlan's bid to preserve their ancestral home

Historic Castle Lachlan, on the banks of Loch Fyne, is once again being embraced by the Clan which bears its name.

Category: Articles | Posted: 25th May 2016

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.

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: Gordon Mason
Where: SCA Castle Tour To Lanarkshire - Apr 2007
Posted: 08 Dec 15
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

Photographs of almost every castle in Scotland

Inverness Castle 01

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

Boyne Castle 05

John Buchanan-Smith Castle Drawings

Dunstaffnage Castle

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