A YOUTUBE channel will investigate Preston Tower as part of a combined event with Wikipedia.

Dig It! TV is planning to bring eight Scottish castles and towers into the digital age by touring round them, and then holding ‘edit-a-thons’ where the castles’ Wikipedia pages will be updated and improved.

The tower, at Prestonpans, will be visited by Dig It! TV presenter David Weinczok – known as ‘the Castle Hunter’ – who will film a walking tour of the historic building which will be released as part of an eight-video series on Wednesday.

Dr Jeff Sanders, project manager at Dig It!, said of the Preston Tower edit-a-thon: “YouTube and Wikipedia are two of the most popular websites in the world, which makes them the perfect place to inspire the next generation of castle enthusiasts.

“We’re looking forward to shining a spotlight on some of these lesser-known but equally fascinating sites.”

The event is funded by the Castle Studies Trust, and Jeremy Cunnington, chair of trustees, said: “The Castle Studies Trust is delighted to have funded these videos as it raises these important – but not well enough known – castles.

“The videos will hopefully encourage visitors to these sites and show how these – and all the other castles in Scotland – play an important part in Scottish history and heritage.”

The other venues visited are in Midlothian, Fife, South Ayrshire and the Borders.

There will be two ‘edit-a-thons’ events – part of Scotland’s Archaeology Month – which will held at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow on Tuesday and then the Engine Shed in Stirling next Friday (September 21).

Dr Sara Thomas, Scotland programme coordinator for Wikimedia UK, will be present at the events, overseeing the volunteers and helping guide them as they edit the pages of little-known Scottish castles. Dig It! TV is part of the Dig It! project, which is co-ordinated by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and primarily funded by Historic Environment Scotland.