Archtrove Travels To Scotland – Braveheart and Bridges

My memories of Scotland stem from my childhood. Summer and halfterm holidays did consist of trips to Glen Eagles, Edinburgh and Wick (yes we went THAT far). And they were beautiful. With the green land going on for miles, the strong accent and the random cottages that popped up. The open air and vastness was immense. Since then I have always wanted to go back as an adult but somehow have never made it back.

However, it is MOST definitely on the list! (Possibly due to all the gorgeous pictures I have seen on Instagram on THAT bridge in Harry Potter).

The Architecture of Scotland

The architecture of Scotland has been around for years. Some of Britains oldest buildings reside here dating back 9500 years, and the first villages 6000 years: Skara Brae on the Mainland of Orkney

Castles of Scotland

Another reason for wanting to visit Scotland is all the beautiful castles that appear in the news, saying how ridulously cheap they are. Castles arrived in Scotland with the introduction of feudalism in the twelfth century. Initially these were wooden motte-and-bailey constructions, but many were replaced by stone castles with a high curtain wall.

In the late Middle Ages new castles were built, some on a grander scale, and others, particularly in the borders, simpler tower houses. Medieval parish church architecture was typically simpler than in England, but there were grander ecclesiastical buildings in the Gothic style.


You can’t mention Scotland without of course mentioning its capital. With its stunning architecture based on some steep hills. Grand palladian homes for the wealthy now transforming the centre of Edinburgh.

They looked to classical models and Edinburgh’s New Town was the focus of a classical building boom. The Industrial Revolution transformed Scottish towns, leading to urban sprawl.


The most significant Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, developed a unique and internationally influential “Glasgow style”. From the mid-twentieth century, architecture in Scotland became increasingly utilitarian and influenced by modernism. The introduction of brutalism led to urban clearances and extensive use of the tower block.

Modern Scotland

More recent major architectural projects include the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, the many striking modern buildings along the side of the River Clyde and the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh.

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