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Balgonie Castle

The 14th century sandstone ashlar Tower of Balgonie rises at the corner of a ruinous courtyard, with the tower restored by David Maxwell in 1975.

In 1985 the castle was sold to the present owner, the artist and craftsman Raymond Morris.

Balgonie Castle Tour


The guided tour starts with the three vaults on the ground floor of the 17th century Leslie block, home of the Covenanter, Alexander Leslie, who was created Lord Balgonie and Earl of Leven.

The west vault was the kitchen, now a workshop. To the east are two linked vaults forming a chapel, now with rescued pews. The upper floors are in ruins.

Balgonie Castle History

Balgonie was originally built by Sir John Sibbald and passed to his son-in-law, Sir Robert Lundie. In the 17th century it was acquired by Alexander Leslie, whose family retained it until 1824.

It was then acquired by the Balfours, but allowed to become a ruin. Rob Roy MacGregor stayed here with 200 clansmen in 1716.

Balgonie Castle Map&Location

Balgonie Castle Address: Markinch, Glenrothes KY7 6HQ, United Kingdom. Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:

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Balgonie Castle Photos

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Balgonie Castle courtyard
Balgonie Castle grounds
Balgonie Castle General banner - Sir Alexander Leslie
Balgonie Castle Leslie Coat of Arms
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