Blackness Castle

There’s nothing romantic about this castle on the Firth of Forth: armed to the teeth, with walls 18 feet thick, Blackness was once a power to be reckoned with

Rosslyn Castle – falling shadows

Gaunt and brooding, the battered fragments of a spectacular fortress stand in the woodlands of Roslin Glen

Carnbane Castle and a banquet for a bard

On top of a little wooded knoll in Glen Lyon, I felt as if I’d stepped straight into a legend…

Tantallon Castle: symbol of strength

The ancient seat of the Douglas Earls of Angus, Tantallon Castle tells a story of power, violence and treason. Most visitors didn’t bring a picnic – they brought guns!

Loch Leven Castle

A Scottish queen held captive on a tiny island… hope, fear and loss… and a daring bid for freedom. The walls of Loch Leven Castle are so full of memories!

A very big thank you…

Today, my stats show that The Hazel Tree has reached 100,000 views.   What a fantastic total!   What this means to me is that this blog is being read and enjoyed regularly, attracting new visitors, and giving lots of pleasure and interest to thousands of people.  That is something I never thought I would […]

Doune Castle: seat of power

Is this my favourite castle yet? (It might just take the medieval biscuit!) The setting for ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ and now the new ‘Outlander’ series, Doune Castle is a delight to explore!

Falkland Palace: power and glory

Sitting on the quiet main street of Falkland in Fife is one of the most remarkable Scottish castles, brainchild of the brilliant but ill-fated Stewart kings

Castle Coeffin: guarding a broken heart

An ancient stronghold overlooking the Sound of Mull… infused in its ivy-clad walls is an irresistible legend.

The value of Stirling

Forbidding and silent, Stirling Castle stands on a natural clifftop overlooking the River Forth. Battles have raged below its ramparts, and murders have taken place within its walls. Let’s go inside and have a look!