MEET THE CASTLE HUNTER

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An adoptive Scot originally from Canada, history has fired my imagination since childhood – nightly readings of The Lord of the Rings surely helped. Ever since, I have aspired to live in and contribute to a place where epic history can be found around every corner. You won’t find me at many gold-laden palaces; I’m more the ‘windswept ruin atop a seaside crag’ sort of guy. And for that, Scotland is undoubtedly the place to be.

I now work in Edinburgh and around Scotland as a presenter, writer, live broadcaster, heritage consultant, and tour guide. I’ve chatted about castles on BBC Radio Scotland, am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and am working on a book about Scotland’s early castles in collaboration with an incredible 3D illustrator (details to follow!). Hugh MacDiarmid, Scotland’s most influential 20th century writer, mused that “There are plenty of ruined buildings in the world, but no ruined stones.” Every stone tells a story, and I aim to share them in an attempt to fan the sparks that started my own journey.

On this site I’ll share images and stories of the castles I’ve visited, blog posts exploring characters, themes, and events in Scottish history, project and campaign highlights, and ways you can explore Scotland’s extraordinary story regardless of where in the world you are.    

Testimonials

  • “When it comes to castles, David knows his stuff. A valued contributor to our website and magazine, his articles are well-researched and packed with fascinating facts – you’re sure to be swept up in the hunt for our forgotten history.”
  • “David’s energy is infectious, whether he’s blogging, vlogging, Tweeting, writing articles or delivering one of his sold-out talks. He’s knowledgeable, professional, extremely likeable, and he’s captured the attention of a large and enthusiastic audience. We’ve worked with David since 2015 and we look forward to collaborating with him on many future endeavours.”

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