The walls, turrets and towers of Scottish castles great and small, speak of the tumultuous history of the Scottish nation. Each played an important role in Scotland’s heritage and offer a vivid insight into the past. Scattered dramatically across the Scottish landscape, these splendid castles, towers and fortified houses capture our imagination and whisper of romance and legend.

The cover of Country Life August 3, 1912
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Since its launch in 1897, Country Life has regularly ventured north of the border to report on these magnificent structures across its architectural pages. In more recent years, we have published The Scottish issue – an annual homage to the beauty of Scotland.

For the first time, we are publishing a selection of these Scottish architectural pieces online.

ARCHIVE ARTICLES:

BALMORAL CASTLE: A HIGHLAND PARADISE BY MARY MIERS (FREE PDF DOWNLOAD)

BLAIR CASTLE: THE SEAT OF THE DUKES OF ATHOLL , PART 1 BY ARTHUR OSWALD

CRAIGIEVAR CASTLE: THE SEAT OF SIR JOHN FORBES, BART., NOW LORD SEMPILL BY PETER GRAHAM

CULZEAN CASTLE: THE SEAT OF THE MARQUESS OF AILSA, PART 1 BY ARTHUR T. BOLTON

EILEAN DONAN CASTLE: THE PROPERTY OF THE CONCHRA CHARITABLE TRUST BY ANTONY WOODWARD

GLAMIS CASTLE: THE SEAT OF THE EARL OF STRATHMORE, PART 1 BY OLIVER HILL

HOLYROODHOUSE: SCOTLAND’S ROYAL PALACE BY SIMON THURLEY (FREE PDF DOWNLOAD)

SCONE PALACE: THE SEAT OF THE EARL OF MANSFIELD AND MANSFIELD, PART 1 BY JOHN CORNFORTH

STIRLING CASTLE: RENAISSANCE OF A ROYAL PALACE BY JOHN GOODALL

TRAQUAIR HOUSE: THE TIGHTROPE OF POWER BY JOHN GOODALL