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, Scotland.

The name may be derived from a pool in the nearby River Leven.

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.

Balgonie Castle, Fife, Scotland

Like many castles, Balgonie evolved piecemeal 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.

Video clip of Balgonie Castle courtyard.

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:

Balgonie Castle courtyard

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

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