Bitesize films celebrate four of Scotland's architectural wonders

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  • 30 June 2016
Bitesize films celebrate four of Scotland's architectural wonders

Culzean Castle / Courtesy of National Trust for Scotland

From scenic Glencoe to the quirky Pineapple, the properties protected by the National Trust for Scotland are wide ranging and wonderful. It's never been a better time to celebrate the iconic buildings in the NTS catalogue than in 2016, the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The Year of IAD 2016 applauds Scotland's varied and impressive contributions to design, buildings and inventions. To mark the celebration, the National Trust for Scotland has produced a short film series, highlighting some of the more architecturally inventive elements of its properties.

Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle is one of architect Robert Adam's finest buildings. Located on the picturesque Firth of Clyde, this architectural marvel is many centuries old. Its finest features include its Oval Staircase, the Round Drawing Room and stunning coastal views, as the property's lead surveyor Kinlay Laidlaw discusses in this film.

Kellie Castle

Situated just outside the village of Pittenweem in Fife, Kellie Castle has its roots in the 14th century but was restored in the 19th century by Lorimer Family. In this bitesize overview, curator Antonia Lawrence-Allen conducts a mini tour of Kellie Castle's impressive plaster ceilings and its feted panelling.


Glasgow's Holmwood was built in the mid-19th century. Designed for a local mill owner, its distinctive neo-classical features are introduced by Ian Gow – chief curator at at the National Trust for Scotland – in this next short film.

Hill House

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House stands tall as one of the architect's most revered creations. Located in Helensburgh in the west of Scotland, Head of Collections Jennifer Melville gives us a short tour of this architectural marvel in this film.

The National Trust for Scotland is one of Scotland’s leading conservation charities. You can join the National Trust for Scotland for as little as £7 per month for a family – find out more about becoming a member.

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