Kisimul Castle on Barra.

12 of Scotland's castles, palaces and abbeys most at risk from climate change

The future of some ofScotland's most prized historic properties is at risk from climate change as coastlines alter, ground shifts and sea levels rise.

Here we look at 12 of the most vulnerable properties whose once-mighty past gives way to a fragile future.

This fascinating site was once home to the Picts - and then the Vikings came. The brough is accessed on foot by a causeway at low tide.

1. Brough of Birsay, Orkney

This fascinating site was once home to the Picts - and then the Vikings came. The brough is accessed on foot by a causeway at low tide.
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In a stunning setting at the head of Loch Etive, Bonawe is the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain. Founded in 1753, it made pig iron and cannonballs for the Napoleonic Wars but is now at risk from flooding.

2. Bonawe Iron Furnace, Loch Etive, Argyll

In a stunning setting at the head of Loch Etive, Bonawe is the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain. Founded in 1753, it made pig iron and cannonballs for the Napoleonic Wars but is now at risk from flooding.
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Founded  around 1140 by King David I  to serve nearby Stirling Castle,  Robert the Bruce held parliaments here with James III and Margaret of Denmark laid to rest at the abbey.  It is now at risk from rising water levels.

3. Cambuskenneth Abbey, near Stirling

Founded around 1140 by King David I to serve nearby Stirling Castle, Robert the Bruce held parliaments here with James III and Margaret of Denmark laid to rest at the abbey. It is now at risk from rising water levels.
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One of Scotland oldest castles and stronghold of Suibhne the Red and the MacDonald Lords of the Isles, Castle Sween is now on the climate change danger risk. It was built in the 1100s and occupied for about 500 years.

4. Castle Sween, Loch Sween, Knapdale, Argyll

One of Scotland oldest castles and stronghold of Suibhne the Red and the MacDonald Lords of the Isles, Castle Sween is now on the climate change danger risk. It was built in the 1100s and occupied for about 500 years.
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