The Castle Hunter website opens its gates at long last!

To the walls! I could have built the better part of an actual castle in the time it took, but www.castlehunter.scot is now officially live! A mighty ‘castle fix’ awaits.

Gylen Castle, Isle of Kerrera - perhaps the most scenic castle visit of 2017 (so far)

Gylen Castle, Isle of Kerrera – perhaps the most scenic castle visit of 2017 (so far)

The website is one part castle extravaganza, with a gallery of pictures and condensed histories of Scottish castles ranging from the iconic to the utterly obscure. A blog, called ‘No Ruined Stones’ after my favourite line from Hugh MacDiarmid (“There are plenty of ruined buildings in the world but no ruined stones”) will cover castle hunting expeditions, awareness campaigns from heritage organisations I work with, and other specialized geeky topics like Scotland’s links to Game of Thrones. In the Projects section you’ll see what I’m currently working away on, and how you can get involved in Scotland’s history, heritage, and archaeology.

Besieging Brodie Castle during the #JacobiteTrailblazer campaign

Besieging Brodie Castle during the #JacobiteTrailblazer campaign

The other side of the website is that it’s my professional profile. As a writer, presenter, speaker, and freelance heritage professional, I don’t have a 9-to-5…more like several simultaneous 24/7s! Through my website you can learn more about what I offer and get in touch to bring me on board to your or your organisation’s own projects.

I literally could not have done this if it wasn’t for my partner, Ana Soldatenko, who built the site from scratch and put up with my determined procrastination over the last few months. She’s a professional graphic designer and Head of Design at Transform Creative, a social enterprise design agency in Edinburgh. If you like this site and want more from the amazing person that made it possible, take a look at Transform’s website.

The gates to castlehunter.scot are wide open, so charge on through and let me know what you think! Thanks so much to everyone who signed up to the site, and welcome to those who are just discovering it.

– David

Castle hunters can be an elusive sort, but here's one spotted at Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness.

Castle hunters can be an elusive sort, but here’s a sighting at Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness.

Disclaimer: There is still so, so much to do to get the site up to its fullest potential. Right now I’ve featured around 30 castles, but I ultimately aim to showcase all 300 or so that I’ve been to so far. That’s a matter of months away, but I’ll be chipping away stone by stone in the coming weeks to get there. Similarly, many of the castle descriptions at the moment are straight from my Instagram account. I’m going to give every castle a much more detailed write-up than this, and I’ll also be playing around with features such as a map and possibly tweaking the categories. I would love to hear from you about what you like, what you don’t, and what you’d like to see added, so send me a raven through the ‘Contact’ section and I’ll do my best to address every enquiry and suggestion.