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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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Planning permission granted for Nunraw Tower

Planning permission granted for Nunraw Tower

Following its purchase by an American woman with Scottish heritage, Nunraw Tower, in East Lothian, is to be converted from a Cistercian monastery's guest house into a private home.

Category: News-articles | Date Posted: 20th May 2015
Harlawhill House awarded grant of £12,000 for urgent repairs

Harlawhill House awarded grant of 12,000 for urgent repairs

Following East Lothian Council's award of a grant, work to make Harlawhill House wind and watertight can begin.

Category: News-articles | Date Posted: 13th May 2015
Conservation of Torwoodlee Tower to start imminently

Conservation of Torwoodlee Tower to start imminently

After successfully raising 150,000, the Pringle family of Torwoodlee are delighted to announce the start of a project to stabilise Torwoodlee Tower in Galashiels.

Category: News-articles | Date Posted: 7th May 2015
New Tower Studies book - exclusive members offer

New Tower Studies book - exclusive members offer

The essays in this 320-page volume, the first in a series, publish the proceedings of the first two conferences of Turris, an international association for those interested in tower studies, held at Stirling in 2010 and Dundee in 2011.

Category: News-articles | Date Posted: 29th Apr 2015
Strathaven in receipt of Historic Scotland grant

Strathaven in receipt of Historic Scotland grant

It is hoped that money received from a fund set up to help communities restore their town centres or to bring at-risk buildings back into reuse could see Strathaven Castle benefit.

Category: News-articles | Date Posted: 23rd Apr 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.

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: Ed Moore
Where: Carnbane Castle - By Stuart Morris of Balgonie
Date posted: 21 May 15
Made by: Steve
Where: Sorbie Tower, Wigtown - Consolidation or Restoration?
Date posted: 22 Apr 15
Made by: Wolfy
Where: Cavers Castle for sale
Date posted: 21 Apr 15
Made by: Brian McGarrigle
Where: Castle Toward community ownership plans halted
Date posted: 21 Apr 15
Made by: Mr. Earl Van Johnson
Where: Tarbert Castle to be reopened to the public
Date posted: 21 Apr 15

Photographs of almost every castle in Scotland

Castle Campbell 04

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

Beldornie Castle 03

John Buchannan-Smith Castle Drawings

Montquhanie Castle

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

Linlithgow Palace

Best known as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, the magnificent ruins of the Royal Palace of Linlithgow ... more info

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