National Trust for Scotland plans castle restorations

The National Trust for Scotland wants heritage and conservation bodies to join forces to share responsibility for running and promoting historic attractions and help it to “fill the gaps” in its portfolio by rescuing other sites. It has called a major summit for later this month.
A new five-year strategy for the organisation, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, is expected to begin moves to ensure NTS does not “overlap” with the likes of Historic Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the RSPB.

Although its main focus is on 130 flagship sites, NTS is also responsible for 200,000 acres of countryside, 46 of Scotland’s Munros, seven nature reserves, 248 miles of coastline and 16 remote islands, including Canna and St Kilda.

In future, NTS is expected to focus more on “heritage of national importance”. Rundown castles, neglected islands, old cinemas and concert halls, as well as the highlights of Scotland’s industrial heritage, including factories and even giant cranes, are expected to be targeted for restoration under the five-year strategy.

Trust chairman Sir Kenneth Calman dispelled fears that the organisation was to embark on “asset-stripping” in the wake of its well-publicised financial problems.
The charity insists it has no plans to dispose of any of its major sites of national significance, insisting it will shed properties only if they are found to be of no heritage value. National Trust for Scotland will see it become more commercially minded, intervene to save threatened historic sites and “sweat” its existing assets to make them generate more money.

Lady Gaga wants her own castle

Superstar singer Lady Gaga wants to buy a castle – and no expense will be spared in her quest for her perfect abode.  The publicity-shy singer is said to have fallen in love with the British landscape and wants to purchase an estate in the countryside.
A source told Scottish newspaper the Daily Record:
‘It is her childhood dream and she’s particularly interested in castles in the north of England or Scotland.’
Gaga’s grandfather, Joseph Germanotta, passed away last week at the age of 88. Gaga is the latest in a long line of celebrities who have the money and desire to buy their own castle

Carlowrie Castle for sale – property for sale

Carlowrie Castle ,one of the country’s finest rural estates went on sale today with a £3.75million price tag. The sale of Carlowrie Castle – a baronial estate outside Edinburgh – might trigger a rush of overseas interest and was welcomed as a sign of “top-end recovery”. Leading estate agents Savills and Rettie & Co said the sale of the spectacular seven-bedroom mansion reflected “increased activity” in the multi-million pound market.They said a recent surge in interest in “large properties” was a sign of renewed confidence in the upper tier of the housing market. This calibre of residential estate coming onto the market points to increased activity at the top end. Due to the fact that many of Scotland’s grandest estates and castles could be considered to be discretionary spend, this sector of the market has suffered during the economic downturn of the past two years.