400 or so of the best castles, towers, historic houses and stately homes: most may be visited, either as visitor attractions, gardens, hotels, places that offer accommodation or weddings venues. New material added most days.
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Welcome to the website for The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry, the fifth edition of which was published by Goblinshead in November 2015. We have now sold out of the hardback and paperback editions. Sales and reception were excellent. We are planning a sixth edition, probably in late 2020 or early 2021.
This acclaimed and popular book is the definitive and most comprehensive work available, the ‘Bible of Scottish Castles’ and a ‘a proud and worthy successor to MacGibbon and Ross’.
The Best Castles section with Top 20 has been added with a selection of the best, along with Outlander sites and traffic top 20s, most interesting or scenic of castles, towers, historic houses, mansions and other places, and some new sites. The text is mostly the same as in the book, but a far more extensive range of illustrations and photos has been added. This is still under construction and there will be a comprehensive index of places eventually added. A developing feature is the map, which is still being compiled.
This new edition came in a deluxe hardback edition plus 64 pages of (121) colour photographs, as well as the new paperback edition.
This edition is the culmination of twenty-four years of research, compiling, editing, and updating. Featuring some 4,100 entries, 1,000 more than the previous edition, the book runs to 752 text pages with over 700 b&w drawings and photos. More information about what is new in this editon can be found here.
Not only covering all the castles, towers and fortified houses of Scotland, also included are hundreds of mansions, historic houses, stately homes, and many other properties and lands.
Arranged alphabetically, each entry has the NGR, location and postcode, then description, architecture and development, both inside and out, depictions on old maps, family and notable owners, history and sieges, ghosts and gruesome or amusing tales. Plus opening, websites and telephone numbers. Twelve pages of maps locate all the castles.
Other useful features are the invaluable indexes, including by clan and family name, opening, accommodation providers, wedding venues, and a full index of castle names and cross-references with 10,000+ entries.
There is also an introduction to the castle in Scotland, illustrated gazetteer of terms, titles and offices of state, place name elements, and selected further reading. Printed in Scotland.
AN INDISPENSABLE REFERENCE AND ENGROSSING READ
FOR ALL CASTLE ENTHUSIASTS AND ANYONE
INTERESTED IN SCOTTISH HISTORY