B – Balcomie to Borthwick


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Braemar Castle

Region : Grampian Location :  near the village of Braemar in Aberdeenshire, Details : A fortress built in 1628 by the Earl of Mar on the site of an even older habitation. It was a major centre of Jacobite resistance, and was usurped used as a seat of Hanoverian authority after the Jacobite Rising of …

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Brodick Castle

Region : Isle of Arran Location : outside the port of Brodick Details : The site has been occupied by a stronghold since the fifth century, in the kingdom of Dalriada. In 1503 the castle and the Earldom of Arran were granted by James IV to his cousin, Lord Hamilton. That early fortification was demolished in …

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Brodie Castle

Region :Moray Location : Inverness Details : Probably started in construction around 1560 by Alexander Brodie of Brodie as a Z plan Tower House. 1645, the house was partially burnt and razed by the Royalist army. in 1730 remodeling was conducted. Due to the rising costs of upkeep, the castle was handed over to the …

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Buchanan Castle

Region :Stirlingshire Location : west of the village of Drymen Details : Buchanan castle was built by the architect William Burn in 1852 after the Buchanan House was destroyed by fire The castle was completed in 1855. It was used as a hotel for a short time in the 1930s and used as a military …

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Buckholm Tower

Region : Borders Location : 1 mile NW of Galashiels   Details : A twelfth-century castle near the northern end of the M73 , Once the palace of the bishops of Glasgow.

Balcomie Castle

Region : Fife Location : 9 miles SE of St Andrews Details : Construction of this castle began in the 14th century. Here Mary of Guise landed in 1538, and stayed on her way to marry King James V a few days later. see also the fantastic website of Scottish Castles Association for in-depth information …

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Baldoon Castle

Region : Dumfries and Galloway Location : 2 miles S of Wigtown Details : The castle is now an ivy covered and crumbling ruin but was owned by the Dunbars of Westfield from 1530 to 1800.

Balgonie Castle

Region :Fife Location : about a mile from the main rail station at Markinch and close to the M90 Details : a 14th century tower house of five storeys, with walls up to 2.4 metres thick Incorporating a large hall, a chapel and a vaulted basement. Built by the Sibbalds but passed at the end …

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Ballindaloch Castle

Region : Banffshire Location :14 miles north east of Grantown on Spey on the A95. Details : Originally built in a traditional Z plan it has been much altered and enlarged over the centuries. Ballindalloch dates from at least the 16th century- the date 1546 is carved on a stone lintel in one of the …

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Balmoral Castle

Region :Aberdeenshire Location : Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Details : The first mention of the area occurs in 1484 when a small tower house is mentioned. During the early 19th century a mansion was built at Balmoral by John Smith, an Aberdeen architect. However, in 1848 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Balmoral for the …

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