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st andrews drawbridge

Scotland's Gaff Drawbridges - and their French counterparts

If you were an unwanted visitor to a Scottish castle you may have been 'welcomed' by the order to 'draw the bridge' – a sure-fire sign, you weren't going to be asked in for a cup of tea!

Date added: 05 Dec 2018
borthwick

The Tomb of Sir William Borthwick

One of the finest keeps in Scotland, Borthwick Castle also produced one of the finest tombs – that of its one-time occupant Sir William Borthwick.

Date added: 17 Nov 2018
mary stuart queen

Mary Queen of Scots - the Castles of her Escape

Most people know Mary Queen of Scots made her dramatic escape from Lochleven Castle in Fife. But, where did she seek sanctuary next?

Date added: 30 Oct 2018
lerrins

Castles of France - The Fortified Abbey of Lérrins

The latest in our series of articles featuring some superb French fortifications, this time the serene Lérrins Abbey.

Date added: 23 Oct 2018
threave

The Siege of Threave Castle 1455 - part III

When force did not work, King James II employed another strategy to end the power of the Douglases - and Threave Castle bore witness to it all.

Date added: 09 Oct 2018
lickleyhead

Lickleyhead Castle has been repossessed

Troubled times lie ahead for 16th century Lickleyhead Castle after a decree has been ordered for the repossession of the property.

Date added: 25 Sep 2018
doors

Unlocking the door to castle defences

Scottish castles and fortified homes often attracted unwelcome visitors so sturdy doors - and yetts - were required.

Date added: 20 Sep 2018
Blencowe

The consolidation conundrum

Preserving the integrity of our castles is never more tasking when essential consolidation work forces us to intervene.

Date added: 11 Sep 2018
Dunyvaig

Dunyvaig - a castle about to reveal its hidden secrets?

A community-based heritage group is aiming to raise funds to carry out excavation work at Dunyvaig Castle in Islay.

Date added: 29 Aug 2018
Monk Castle

The Scottish Manor House

As more peaceful times arrived in Scotland, a new, more refined, style of home emerged.

Date added: 18 Aug 2018
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