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Preserving the Past for the Future

Castles in their past and present state by Brian McGarrigle

This section shows what a castle or tower house looked like when photography was in its infancy. We also show what it looks like in its present state. Thankfully, not all are in a sorry state as some fantastic historic buildings have been restored or consolidated. Hopefully we can show potential restorers that there are still many historic building capable of being saved. Sadly, it's too late for some.



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CARSLUITH TOWER

Carsluith Tower (Kirkcudbright) Past & Present

This delightful little L-plan 16th century tower house is situated overlooking Luce Bay. It is within sight of Barholm Tower high on the hill behind.


Date added: 27 Nov 2013 read more about carsluith tower
FINLARIG CASTLE

Finlarig Castle (Perth) Past & Present

Finlarig Castle stands, hidden by trees, on a mound just outside the village of Killin in Perthshire. It is in a dangerous state and totally uncared for.


Date added: 01 Nov 2013 read more about finlarig castle
FAIRBURN TOWER

Fairburn Tower (Ross) Past & Present

Fairburn Tower, a roofless 16th century tower house, is situated at Muir of Ord in Ross. It consists of an oblong tower to which a 4 storey stair tower was added in the 17th century.


Date added: 04 Sep 2013 read more about fairburn tower
DUNURE CASTLE

Dunure Castle (Ayr) Past & Present

Situated above the sea near to Ayr, Dunure is a splendid medieval ruin dating from the 14th century and later. Abandoned (or slighted) after the Civil War .


Date added: 04 Sep 2013 read more about dunure castle
BUCKHOLM TOWER PT2

Buckholm Tower Part 2 (Roxburgh) Past & Present

This fine tower house of the 16th century stands upon the hillside above the town of Galashiels. A century ago it was intact but since then it has sadly ruined.


Date added: 20 Jun 2013 read more about buckholm tower pt2
CRAIGHLAW CASTLE

Craighlaw Castle (Wigtown) Past & Present

Situated near the town of Kirkcowan in the Machars, Craighlaw is a much altered 16th century tower which once was down to its first floor level.


Date added: 02 Jun 2013 read more about craighlaw castle
MACDUFFS CASTLE

Macduff's Castle (Fife) Past & Present

This castle is situated above the shore in the town of East Wemyss, Fife. Built of the local red stand stone it has weathered badly. Below the castle are the famous caves with their Pictish carvings.


Date added: 01 Jun 2013 read more about macduffs castle
REDCASTLE

Redcastle (Ross) Past & Present

Redcastle is situated at the end of a steep sided promontory and occupies the site of a much older structure. The remains indicate an L-plan tower house of the 16th century with additions of 1840.


Date added: 22 May 2013 read more about redcastle
CLACKMANAN TOWER

Clackmanan Tower (Clackmanan) Past & Present

Clackmannan Tower is situated on a prominent ridge about 2 miles from Alloa and is visible for miles around. Rather surprisingly for such a high and exposed location there were once terraces and gardens.


Date added: 22 May 2013 read more about clackmanan tower
LOCHNAW CASTLE

Lochnaw Castle (Wigtown) Past & Present

The 16th century tower of Lochnaw is beautifully situated on the loch of that name near Stranraer. A wing with steeply pitched roof (originally thatched) was added in 1663 followed by yet another in 1704.


Date added: 17 May 2013 read more about lochnaw castle
CASSENCARIE HOUSE

Cassencarie House (Kirkcudbright) Past & Present

Situated on Luce Bay is this multi period site. The oldest part is a L-plan tower of the late 16th century distinguishable by its window mouldings


Date added: 17 May 2013 read more about cassencarie house
MARS WORK

Mar's Work (Stirling) Past & Present

This beautiful and accomplished 16th century lodging is situated nearby Stirling Castle. Built by the Regent Mar it is closely modeled on the palace of James V in that castle.


Date added: 17 May 2013 read more about mars work
CASTLE OF PARK

Castle of Park (Wigtown) Past & Present

A 16th century L-plan tower of 4 storeys and a garret to which wings were added to in the 18th century converting the tower into a country house.


Date added: 17 May 2013 read more about castle of park
ST JOHNS TOWER

St John's Tower (Wigtown) Past & Present

This 16th century tower stands in the town of Stranraer close to the shore. In the 19th century lacking a 'lock up' the tower was converted into the town jail with cells for fellons and debtors.


Date added: 17 May 2013 read more about st johns tower
RAVENSTONE CASTLE

Ravenstone Castle (Wigtown) Past & Present

Situated in the Machars, Ravenstone is late 16th century L-plan tower house extended in the 17th, again in 18th with a full height, double bowed front and finally with large Victorian wing.


Date added: 02 May 2013 read more about ravenstone castle
CASTLEWIGG

Castlewigg (Wigtown) Past & Present

Situated about 3 miles NW of Whithorn, Castlewigg presents a sorry state. A panel dates this L-plan tower house to 1595 and vaulting, together with a gun loop, supports the fact.


Date added: 30 Apr 2013 read more about castlewigg
EDINAMPLE CASTLE

Edinample Castle (Perth) Past & Present

Situated on Lochearnhead, near Comrie, Edinample is a late 16th century Z-planned castle incorporating an earlier tower.


Date added: 14 Apr 2013 read more about edinample castle
BENHOLM TOWER

Benholm Tower (Kincardine) Past & Present

Benholm provides an example of what can happen if restoration becomes entangled in red tape.


Date added: 26 Feb 2013 read more about benholm tower
BUSBIE CASTLE

Busbie Castle (Ayr) Past & Present

Situated near Kilmarnock Busbie was an unusually handsome tower house with some exceptionally fine detailing.


Date added: 26 Feb 2013 read more about busbie castle
BALLINBREICH CASTLE

Ballinbreich Castle (Fife) Past & Present

Situated on the coast near Newburgh this 14th century castle is in a bad state of repair. It originally consisted of a tower to which additions were made in the 15th and 16th centuries.


Date added: 08 Jan 2013 read more about ballinbreich castle