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History & Heritage - Historic Houses

History & Heritage

Welcome to the Scotland School and find out more about the history and heritage of the nation from a wide range of in-depth articles that have appeared in Scotland Magazine over the last decade.


Historic Houses

600 years of history
Charles Douglas visits Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran, home of the Dukes of Hamilton

August 2007, Issue 34, page 14

A private palace
Charles Douglas visits Falkland Palace in Fife, former home to the Stuart kings as well as a peculiar form of tennis

February 2007, Issue 31, page 14

A rocky road to romance

September 2003, Issue 10, page 14

A touch of madness
Charles Douglas visits Haddo House, home to some colourful people

May 2004, Issue 14, page 12

At the heart of Scottish history
Scone Palace has a long link to Scottish monarchy. Charles Douglas reports

March 2004, Issue 13, page 16

Banchory's hidden gem (Crathes Castle)
Crathes Castle is a 16th century castle in Scotland's Grampian region. Charles Douglas visited it

December 2006, Issue 30, page 14

Black pearl
Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull is well sited as a defensive fortress. Charles Douglas reports

April 2005, Issue 20, page 14

Bonnie on the Clyde (Kelburn Castle)
Charles Douglas visits Kelburn Castle in Fairlie, Ayrshire, the seat of the Earl of Glasgow

April 2007, Issue 32, page 14

Breathtaking impact
Charles Douglas visits Arniston House, Midlothian .

October 2009, Issue 47, page 14

Brodie's prime site
Charles Douglas visits the seat of the Brodie family, Brodie Castle at Forres in Moray

March 2005, Issue 19, page 14

Bute's gothic palace
Of all of the early dynasties who dominated Scotland from the 12th century onwards, the Stewarts were the most successful and most resilient. Walter Fitz Alan was among the Norman noblemen who accomp...

April 2008, Issue 38, page 14


July 2003, Issue 9, page 15

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye
Charles Douglas takes a trip to picturesque Skye to take in 800 years of history at the MacLeod ancestral home - Dunvegan.

March 2002, Issue 1, page 26

Fit for a queen
Charles Douglas visits The Castle of Mey in Caithness, beloved holiday home of the late Queen Mother

June 2007, Issue 33, page 14

Floors Castle
Floors Castle is dramatic and spectacular. Charles Douglas explains why and takes us on a tour

November 2003, Issue 11, page 12

For Queen and Country
The Atholl Highlanders are the sole private army in Europe so it's only right they help to safeguard one of Scotland's greatest treasures - Blair Castle. Kate Ennis reports

January 2004, Issue 12, page 12

Georgian Gem
Charles Douglas visits Broughton House in Kirkcudbright.

December 2009, Issue 48, page 14

Home of the famous Thane
Charles Douglas visits Glamis Castle, home of the earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne

August 2005, Issue 22, page 14

Hopetoun House - A special house of hope and glory
Charles Douglas visits the oft-ignored Hopetoun House, just north of Edinburgh

July 2004, Issue 15, page 12

House on the hill
Charles Douglas visits Hill Houser, Helensburgh, a house purpose-built for a lover of ‘the plain style'

January 2006, Issue 24, page 16

Inveraray Castle - A Rich Heritage

March 2003, Issue 7, page 16

Jewel in the crown - Culzean Castle
One of Robert Adam's finest creations, Culzean is a historic monument with much more up its sleeve than a pretty face and nice gardens

June 2002, Issue 2, page 16

Kellie Castle
Charles Douglas visits an ancient and important castle in the East Neuk of Fife.

August 2009, Issue 46, page 18

Leod and clear
Charles Douglas visits Castle Leod, near Strathpeffer, headquarters of the Clan Mackenzie

June 2008, Issue 39, page 14

Magic on Mull
Charles Douglas visits Torosay Castle on the Island of Mull

February 2006, Issue 25, page 16

Magical Menzies
Charles Douglas visits Castle Menzies in the Valley of the Tay.

August 2008, Issue 40, page 14


May 2003, Issue 8, page 30

Paxton House - Reminder of a golden age
Charles Douglas visits the lavish Paxton House in Berwickshire

November 2004, Issue 17, page 14

Property News
Scottish property market highlights for buying and renting

July 2002, Issue 3, page 23

Protecting history
Charles Douglas visits Bowhill, near Selkirk, the Scottish Borders home of the Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry.

October 2005, Issue 23, page 16

Queensbury's jewels
Charles Douglas visits Drumlanrig, in Dumfriesshire

January 2005, Issue 18, page 14

Royalty's sporting headquarters
Charles Douglas visits Traquair House which, it is sometimes claimed, is the oldest inhabited house in Scotland

June 2006, Issue 27, page 16

Saved for the nation
Charles Douglas visits Dumfries House in Ayrshire, an 18th century mansion with an impressive collection of antiques.

April 2009, Issue 44, page 14

Scotland's showpiece
Charles Douglas visits Castle Fraser, near Inveruie in Aberdeenshire

March 2008, Issue 37, page 14

Scott's country home
Charles Douglas visits Abbotsford House at Melrose in the Scottish Borders, home of Sir Walter Scott

November 2007, Issue 35, page 14

Solid and enduring
Charles Douglas visits Drum Castle,near Banchory in Aberdeenshire.

December 2008, Issue 42, page 14

The castle in the cow pasture
This issue Charles Douglas visits Ballindalloch Castle in Banffshire

October 2006, Issue 29, page 14

The Castle on the Hill
Charles Douglas visits Edinburgh Castle.

February 2010, Issue 49, page 14

The nation's treasures
Charles Douglas looks at 50 of Scotland's finest castles and houses, open to the public.

April 2010, Issue 50, page 14

The palace of Holyroodhouse
Through the years, so many turbulent events have taken place within its walls... Charles Douglas visits Scotland's very own royal residence

July 2002, Issue 3, page 14

The world loves a thane
Charles Douglas visits Cawdor Castle in Nairn, magnificent home of the Thanes of Cawdor.

December 2007, Issue 36, page 14

Thirlestane Castle - A border castle packed with surprises
Charles Douglas visits Thirlestane in the Scottish Borders

September 2004, Issue 16, page 16

Treasure of Lothian
Charles Douglas goes to West Lothian to visit the House of the Binns.

June 2009, Issue 45, page 14

Treasure trove
Charles Douglas visits Dalmeny House near South Queensferry

July 2005, Issue 21, page 14

Worth exploring
This issue Charles Douglas visits Newbattle Abbey, in Midlothian

April 2006, Issue 26, page 16