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Advice and Support

The Scottish Castle Initiative

Get an overview of the Scottish Castle Initiative, which encourages investment in Scotland’s castles and tower houses.

The Scottish Castle Initiative encourages investment in Scotland’s castles and tower houses.

It provides advice on processes and on best practices, and offers exemplars of successful past projects.

The initiative produced an online Castle Conservation Register

We’re currently preparing a Managing Change in the Historic Environment guidance note on castle restoration. 

Scotland has a long tradition of successful castle restoration, as seen at Duart Castle, which was restored in the early 1900s, and, more recently, Fenton Tower.

Restoration projects are complex, and restoration may not be an appropriate course of action in every case. We think there is continued potential for such projects, however, and we believe in making the restoration process straightforward and transparent.