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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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CALDWELL TOWER

Caldwell Tower (Renfrew) Past & Present

Caldwell is a 16th century tower visible for miles high on its hilltop. Its somewhat truncated appearance is due to the fact that it was once part of a larger courtyard castle.

Date posted: 12 Jun 2014
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GILSTON PEEL

Gilston Peel (Lothian) Past & Present

Gilston Peel is situated in the borders near to Lauder. It appears to have been a small tower house (or peel) of the late 16th century which, having fallen into ruin, was fitted up for agricultural.

Date posted: 12 Jun 2014
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BALTHAYOCK CASTLE

Balthayock Castle (Perth) Past & Present

Situated some 3 miles from Perth and standing on the side of a ravine Balthayock is a massive tower house.

Date posted: 26 May 2014
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CARBERRY TOWER

Carberry Tower (Lothian) Past & Present

Carberry is situated some 3 miles from the seaside town of Musselburgh. It dates from many periods but the nucleus is a massively strong tower of the early 16th c with a late 16th c extension.

Date posted: 26 May 2014
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SPYNIE PALACE

Spynie Palace (Moray) Past & Present

Spynie is regarded as one of the finest tower houses in the land. Long in a state of neglect it is now under the protection of Historic Scotland who have undertaken a extensive programme of repairs and excavations.

Date posted: 15 Apr 2014
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DUN TRODDAN

Dun Troddan (Inverness) Past & Present

In 'The Scottish Castle' published in 1960 Stewart Cruden included brochs as amongst 'The Earliest Castles'. These iron age structures deserve the appellation 'castle' and are unique to Scotland.

Date posted: 19 Mar 2014
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CROOKSTON CASTLE

Crookston Castle (Renfrew) Past & Present

Crookston stands high on a hill within the housing scheme of Pollok, Glasgow. It is a tower house of the late 14th century consisting of a massive oblong block flanked by 4 corner towers.

Date posted: 18 Mar 2014
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PLUNTON CASTLE

Plunton Castle (Kirkcudbright) Past & Present

The castle is of typical L-plan, 3 storeys and an attic in height, vaulted, gun looped and with a wheel staircase in wing. It is built of random rubble with dressed openings.

Date posted: 18 Mar 2014
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FINGASK CASTLE

Fingask Castle (Perth) Past & Present

Fingask was a L-plan tower house of the late 16th century; extended in 1674 and remodelled in the 18th and 19th centuries. These additions were removed in 1925 when the castle took its present aspect.

Date posted: 12 Mar 2014
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ARDVRECK CASTLE

Ardvreck Castle (Sutherland) Past & Present

Ardvreck Castle is one of the most remote castles in Scotland and forms an iconic image in a treeless landscape. It is infamous through the treachery of its owner.

Date posted: 12 Mar 2014
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