Then and now: Five Scottish castles fading from the landscape

Ecclesgreig Castle, St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire. The property has not been lived in since the 1950s. PIC Contributed.
Ecclesgreig Castle, St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire. The property has not been lived in since the 1950s. PIC Contributed.
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From their once mighty pasts, many of Scotland’s castles now lie damp, empty and ruined. For hundreds of years they symbolised wealth and power but fading fortunes, changed times - and sometimes bad marriages and even a lightning bolt - have left the residences mere crumbling relics of a lost age.

Here we look at five Scottish castles now shadows of their past - and the race against time they often face to secure their future.