Balgonie Castle, Fife, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Balgonie Castle which is located near Glenrothes, about one hour N.E. of Edinburgh.

For a long period the castle was a roofless ruin but in 1985 was purchased by the Morris family who implemented a repair and restoration programme resulting in the sound and attractive structure evident today. The castle is now used for weddings and entertainment.

Like many castles, Balgonie evolved piecemeal over the centuries starting with a 14th century Keep then North Range added in 1496 and finally a Tower (75 ft high) in 1666. The Courtyard is surrounded by a wall rising to a height of twenty feet.

Over the centuries, Balgonie has been home to powerful families from the local Fife region which include:

  • Sibbald
  • Lundie/Lundin
  • Leslie
  • Maxwell
  • Balfour.

Famous visitors include:

  • King James IV of Scotland
  • Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Rob Roy MacGregor

In addition to its hospitality function, the castle is open to visitors on a restricted basis.

Video clip of courtyard

 

Balgonie Castle, Fife, Scotland

 

Balgonie Castle, Fife, Scotland

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