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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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Isle Tower (Wigtown) - Past and Present

Isle Tower (Wigtown) - Past and Present

A tower which Nigel Tranter claimed could be the latest - and also the most southerly - castle in Scotland reveals its charms and how they have stood the test of time.

Category: Past-present | Posted: 1st Sep 2015
Rossend Castle (Fife) - Past and Present

Rossend Castle (Fife) - Past and Present

Rossend Castle stands proudly above the Firth of Forth and once provided a lodging for Mary Queen of Scots and allegedly a French poet whose evening with the Queen came to an unsavoury end.

Category: Past-present | Posted: 23rd Aug 2015
Seafield Tower Collapse

Seafield Tower Collapse

Seafield Tower in Fife is in bad repair and is in a critical state following the recent collapse of more walling.

Category: Articles | Posted: 20th Aug 2015
Hope for Blairfindy Castle?

Hope for Blairfindy Castle?

Following emergency work in 2013 to prevent Blairfindy Castle in Moray's collapse, could its future be secured by conversion into a home?

Category: Articles | Posted: 20th Aug 2015
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 | Posted: 21st Jul 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: Stephen Trinder
Where: SCA member Alastair Maxwell-Irving publishes his second book on The Border Towers of Scotland
Posted: 25 Aug 15
Made by: David
Where: Caldwell Tower (Renfrew) Past & Present
Posted: 24 Aug 15
Made by: John Brennan
Where: Caldwell Tower (Renfrew) Past & Present
Posted: 10 Aug 15
Made by: Antoine Carrier
Where: Dunderave Castle - Argyll
Posted: 06 Aug 15
Made by: David Campbell
Where: Caldwell Tower (Renfrew) Past & Present
Posted: 22 Jul 15

Photographs of almost every castle in Scotland

Huntingtower 02

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

Ardstinchar Castle 03

John Buchanan-Smith Castle Drawings


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

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Culcreuch Castle

Culcreuch offers the whole wedding event virtually under one roof with almost exclusive service, wedding ... more info

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Recommended trusted skilled services and tradespeople.

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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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