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Scottish heritage attractions set new visitor record

More than 5 million people have visited Scotland’s heritage attractions in a single year with a new record set by the country’s historic properties.

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OAP wins Scotland’s ‘Dracula Castle’ battle but vows to fight on

A Scottish pensioner has won his ten-year battle to have Scotland’s internationally-renown Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula Castle’, saved for the nation.

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In pictures: 8 picturesque castles in Scotland you can dine in

Dine like royalty in these picturesque castles which offer stately surroundings, delicious dishes and first class service, meaning you’ll enjoy a meal that will live long in the memory.

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New digital images delve into heart of Edinburgh Castle

One of the oldest structures within Edinburgh Castle has been digitally documented, revealing new insights into the Capital landmark.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
Castle Moil on Skye was hit by lightning. PIC: Creative Commons.

Lightning strikes 15th Century castle on Isle of Skye

A bolt of lightning has destroyed part of 15th Century Castle Moil on the Isle of Skye.

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20 of Scotland’s best loved historic sites get £40m upgrade

Some of Scotland’s most cherished historic properties will benefit from a £40m upgrade over the next three years.

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In pictures: 15 fascinating facts about Edinburgh Castle

IT IS among the oldest continuously-occupied defensive structures in Europe and boasts the title of Scotland’s busiest paid-for tourist attraction.

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Picture: Dunans Castle, scottishlaird.co.uk

Fancy becoming a Laird or Lady while helping to restore a historical Scottish castle?

If you’ve always dreamed of having a title then Dunans Castle’s restoration programme may be for you

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How many castles are there in Scotland?

It’s an easy enough question but not one that is easy to answer given the variety of historic properties - from fairytale turreted piles to commanding fortresses - scattered across the land.

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‘Haunted’ Scottish castle put up for sale

A historic castle which is claimed to be one of the most haunted places in the UK has been put up for sale after the company which owned it went into administration.

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Video: 9 stunning ruined castles of Scotland

Scotland’s ruined castles are often powerful windows into the past and tell the stories of shifting power and prestige over the centuries.

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Edinburgh Castle boasts hundreds of years of history. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

What will you see on an Edinburgh Castle tour?

WITH more than a dozen fascinating attractions to be discovered, a tour around Edinburgh Castle can take the best part of a day, so it’s well worth doing a little research before you head along.

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Next year's Tattoo celebrates the 100th anniversary of the RAF. Picture: Tony Marsh

Everything you need to know about the 2018 Edinburgh Tattoo

BILLED as ‘the greatest show on Earth’, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s 69th edition promises to fly higher than ever before.

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Almost 50% of British public have ‘never visited a Scottish Castle’

Tourism chiefs have urged visitors to get “castle-bagging” after research revealed almost half of British people have never visited a Scottish castle.

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Dunrobin Castle has been named the most romantic in Scotland.

Dunrobin Castle named most romantic castle in Scotland

IT was once used as a boarding school and has origins dating back to the 1400s, when its original building was created on the site of a mediaeval fort.

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What is the oldest castle in Scotland?

It has been a tough one to call for experts but the question of Scotland’s oldest castle appears to be settled.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands 5
The visualisation of the 12th Century Bass of Inverurie. PIC: Bob Marshall.

Scottish castle linked to Robert the Bruce digitally rebuilt

An artist’s impression of a 12th century castle linked to Robert the Bruce has been revealed, shining new light on a little-known historic structure.

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Buchanan Castle was built in 1854 and was the seat of Clan Graham and home to the Dukes of Montrose for many years. PIC: Creative Commons.

In pictures: The eerie decay of a Loch Lomond castle

The castle was once a nerve centre of high society and popular with royals, honeymooning nobles and visiting overseas dignitaries keen to lap up some Scottish hospitality close to the banks of Loch Lomond.

Glasgow & Strathclyde 5
Craigievar Castle near Alford, Aberdeenshire. PIC: Creative Commons/Flickr/Neillwphoto.

National Trust for Scotland sued in castle nude photo row

A photographer who claims his reputation was damaged in a row over a nude photo shoot in a Scottish castle is suing the National Trust for Scotland for up to £50,000.

Aberdeen & North East
Poltalloch House, Kilmartin, has not been inhabited since the 1950s. PIC: Skyler Brown.

Decaying Highland estate of former slave trader captured by photographer

It was home to some of Scotland’s wealthiest lairds who forged their fortune largely in the sugar cane plantations of Jamaica.

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