Scottish Castles Association

Preserving the Past for the Future

Castles in their Past and Present State

🔎 Results found: 20
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Frenchland Tower (Dumfries) - Past and Present

A ruin - but eminently restorable should someone share the vision - Frenchland Tower is an interesting example of a Scottish castle

Date added: 27 Aug 2016

Riddell House (Roxburgh) - Past and Present

Riddell by name and a riddle by nature, the tale of Riddell House in Roxburghshire - now sadly ruined - has many twists and turns...

Date added: 05 Aug 2016
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Queen Mary's House (Jedburgh) - Past and Present

A home fit for a Queen - or is it? The debate over whether Queen Mary did indeed stay here still rages on...

Date added: 21 Jul 2016

Dalhousie Castle (Midlothian) - Past and Present

The last castle in Scotland to have been besieged by an English king - and despite being ravaged by fire in 1867 - 15th-century Dalhousie Castle still stands strong.

Date added: 17 Jun 2016

Sorn Castle (Ayrshire) - Past and Present

Set on the side of dramatic ravine, Sorn Castle has evolved over the centuries from 14th-century tower house to stunning mansion.

Date added: 26 May 2016

Kildonan Castle (Arran) - Past and Present

With a prominent clifftop position overlooking the Firth of Clyde, Kildonan Castle has borne the brunt of the inclement Scottish weather...

Date added: 14 May 2016

Law Castle (West Kilbride) - Past and Present

Once a roofless ruin, Law Castle is a shining example of how restoration can breathe new life into our historic buildings.

Date added: 19 Nov 2015

Ardencaple Castle (Dumbarton) - Past and Present

Ardencaple Castle was a multi-period site, each addition obscuring the previous until nothing of the original castle appeared to survive - but appearances can be deceptive...

Date added: 31 Oct 2015

Littledean Tower (Roxburghshire) - Past and Present

A tower with a turbulent history and unique design, Littledean is in critical condition.

Date added: 29 Sep 2015
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Isle Tower (Wigtown) - Past and Present

A tower which Nigel Tranter claimed could be the latest - and also the most southerly - castle in Scotland reveals its charms and how they have stood the test of time.

Date added: 01 Sep 2015

Rossend Castle (Fife) - Past and Present

Rossend Castle stands proudly above the Firth of Forth and once provided a lodging for Mary Queen of Scots - and allegedly a French poet whose evening with the Queen came to an unsavoury end.

Date added: 23 Aug 2015

Blairquhan Castle (Ayr) - Past and Present

This (apparent) Tudor Gothic mansion of 1820 hides a secret...

Date added: 23 Jul 2015

Torwoodlee Tower (Selkirk) - Past and Present

A look at Torwoodlee Tower's fate over the years and how the funding recently secured by it could help stem its deterioration in the future.

Date added: 02 Jul 2015

Barochan House (Renfrew) - Past and Lost

Barochan House, near Houston in Renfrew, was a 16th century tower house replacing an earlier castle. Lost forever, this is a glimpse of what once was.

Date added: 11 Jun 2015

Craufurdland Castle (Ayr) - Past and Present

Situated near Kilmarnock in rural Ayrshire, Craufurdland is a Gothic castle of 1830. Look closer, however, and there is more than meets the eye.

Date added: 04 Jun 2015

Newark Castle (Ayr) - Past and Present

Newark Castle, near Ayr, has weathered the centuries well and is in excellent condition today.

Date added: 21 May 2015

Gargunnock House (Stirling) - Past and Present

At first glance Gargunnock House appears a typical 18th century mansion... but look closer.

Date added: 02 Apr 2015

Stalker Castle (Argyll) - Past and Present

One of the most iconic castles of Scotland, Stalker stands on a rocky islet at the mouth of Loch Laich in Appin. It was roofless from 1831 until 1965 when it was restored.

Date added: 02 Apr 2015

Lochmaben Castle (Dumfries) - Past and Present

Lochmaben is sited on a peninsular and was one of the principal fortresses in Scotland. It is more the pity that it is now in such a lamentable condition.

Date added: 11 Mar 2015

Sanquhar Castle (Dumfries) - Past and Present

The castle, seeming to date from 1400, is difficult to decipher being much altered, allowed to ruin, consolidated, only to fall into ruin again.

Date added: 11 Mar 2015