Then and now: Five vanishing castles of Scotland

From their once mighty pasts, many of Scotland's castles now lie damp, empty and ruined.

Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 3:21 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th October 2016, 5:12 pm
Ecclesgreig Castle, St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire. The property has not been lived in since the 1950s. PIC Contributed.

For hundreds of years they symbolised wealth and power but fading fortunes, changed times - and sometimes bad marriages and even a lightning bolt - have left the residences mere crumbling relics of a lost age.

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Here we look at five Scottish castles now shadows of their past - and the race against time they often face to secure their future.

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