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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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BALVENIE CASTLE

Balvenie Castle (Moray) Past & Present

This exceptional castle, which dates from the 13th to 16th centuries, is situated near Dufftown.

Date posted: 05 Dec 2013
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BARCALDINE CASTLE

Barcaldine Castle (Argyll) - Past & Present

Barcaldine Castle was built between 1601 and 1608 and is an excellent example of a vaulted, L shaped tower of the period.

Date posted: 26 Jan 2012
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BARR CASTLE

Barr Castle (Renfrew) Past & Present No 100

Barr Castle stands on a ridge with wide views over Lochwinnoch and near the village of that name. It it a notable landmark for travelers though difficult to find a place to park! It is an early 16th century tower.

Date posted: 06 Dec 2013
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BENHOLM TOWER

Benholm Tower (Kincardine) Past & Present

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

Date posted: 26 Feb 2013
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BIRSE CASTLE

Birse Castle (Aberdeenshire) - Past & Present

Situated in a remote part of Aberdeenshire Birse was a small, rubble built, harled tower house with label moulded corbels and a large circular tower corbelled to the square.

Date posted: 24 Jun 2012
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BOGHALL CASTLE

Boghall Castle (Lanarkshire) - Past & Present

Boghall Castle, Lanarkshire 1870 (it collapsed shortly afterwards) and now. The ruins were conserved after the collapse - a little too late ...

Date posted: 09 Jan 2012
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BORTHWICK CASTLE

Borthwick Castle (Lothian) Past & Present

This is, by far, the finest tower house in Scotland. Built of ashlar in the 15th century it rises high to a machicolated parapet. It is surrounded by an outer wall punctuated by towers.

Date posted: 27 Nov 2013
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BOTHWELL CASTLE IN HADDINGTON

Bothwell Castle (Lothian) Past & Lost

Bothwell Castle stood in the town of Haddington and was a late 16th/early 17th century building with projecting wings forming a courtyard towards the river and a round tower facing the street.

Date posted: 12 Feb 2014
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BOYNE CASTLE

Boyne Castle (Banff) - Past & Present

Boyne Castle is situated near the town of Portsoy and was built between the years 1575-1580.

Date posted: 08 May 2012
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BRAEMAR CASTLE

Braemar Castle (Aberdeen) Past & Present

Braemar Castle stands in the town of that name on Royal Deeside. It is a 5-storied L-plan tower house with a circular tower in the re-entrant.

Date posted: 27 Sep 2012
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