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 Castles of Scotland - Dairsie Castle






Location
near Dairsie, Fife, Scotland

Description
Dairsie Castle is a 16th-century tower house overlooking the River Eden south of Dairsie in Fife. The castle is a three-storey central block with vaulted cellars and three towers. The castle was restored as a private residence in 1996. The towers, vaulted cellars, central block have all been renovated. The great hall has a minstrels gallery and the entrance hall has a painted roof showing the seals of the Bishops of St Andrews. The castle has extensive gardens including a herb garden, parterre, lawns and avenue of lime trees.

History
The current structure was built by the Learmonth family in the early 16th century. The castle besieged by James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton in 1575. James VI escaped to Dairsie in 1583 following his imprisonment after the Ruthven Raid. In 1616 Dairsie was acquired by the Archbishop of St. Andrews. The castle later was owned by the Morrisons, then the Scotts and remained occupied until the 19th century when it fell into ruin.


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  Balvaird Castle, Perth and Kinross
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  Claypotts Castle, City of Dundee
  Collairnie Castle, Fife
  Denmylne Castle, Fife
  Dudhope Castle, City of Dundee
  Evelick Castle, Perth And Kinross
  Falkland Palace, Fife
  Fernie Castle, Fife
  Fingask Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Kellie Castle, Fife
  Kinnaird Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Lochore Castle, Fife
  Lordscairnie Castle, Fife
  Myres Castle, Fife
  Newark Castle, Fife
  Pittarthie Castle, Fife
  Ravenscraig Castle, Fife
  Scotstarvit Tower, Fife
  St Andrews Castle, Fife







St Andrews Castle
Dairsie Castle

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