Castles

Castles

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Craigmillar Castle and the yew trees of Mary, Queen of Scots

CRAIGMILLAR Castle is one of Edinburgh’s least visited tourist sites, but easily among its most interesting. Situated in its courtyard stands a pair of yew trees with a royal distinction.

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Skipness Castle, which dates from the 13th century, lies on the east coast of Kintyre. Picture: Wikicommons

Meet the ‘castle hunter’ exploring Scotland’s fortresses

Scotland is world famous for its castles. But the question of just how many there are is not easy to answer.

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An aerial view of Loudoun Castle in East Ayrshire, which was substantially rebuilt in the early 19th century. It was ruined by a fire in 1942. Picture: Contributed

Loudoun Castle could be restored by Titantic Quarter developer

It’s the ruined 19th century country house once dubbed the ‘Windsor of Scotland’, but better known to a generation of Scots as the location of a long-closed theme park.

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When a scientist tried to prove Edinburgh Castle was haunted

Edinburgh is thought to be one of the most haunted cities in the world. It should come as no surprise, then, that one of the city’s oldest buildings, Edinburgh Castle, has plenty of spooky stories to tell.

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Controversial William Wallace statue to move to new home

Controversial William Wallace statue to move to new home

A controversial sculpture of Scottish hero Wiliam Wallace has been moved to a site where he left English soldiers to die.

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Craigmillar Castle. Picture: TSPL

Visitor numbers to Scottish castles booming due to ‘Outlander effect’

ON the small screen, it plays the part of the imposing Ardsmuir prison, where Jamie Fraser is held with his Highland Jacobite counterparts by the British Army, under the control of the dastardly Lord John Grey.

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Edinburgh's gorgeous art deco style Doubletree Hilton

Riots, royals, murder: West Port uncovered

It might be just off the tourists’ radar, but from royalty to bloody murder, Edinburgh’s West Port has seen it all

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Actor Masahiko Tsugawa bought Milton Flockhart near Carluke and moved it to Japan where he opened a World Santa Museum and European theme park. PIC: TSPL.

The man who moved a Scottish mansion ...to Japan

There is a little corner of Japan that is forever Scotland - and where Christmas never really ends.

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