Starring roles in film and TV have led to fresh interest in the 2,000 or so castles that grace Scotland’s hills and glens. These range from romantic ruins to historic family homes that combine formidable fortifications with the latest eco-conveniences – including biomass heating systems.
Some of this fascination may have resulted from The Traitors, the hit reality-TV show based in Ardross Castle, north of Inverness; or maybe Outlander, the cult 18th-century drama set in the Highlands, fans of which see the castles as one of the show’s star attractions.
The desire for pastimes such as fishing, or to become self-sufficient, are just a couple of reasons why people wish to acquire a handsome example of Scottish architectural heritage. Others include investing in natural capital, rewilding or preserving ecosystems for the good of the planet and its inhabitants.