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Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland

Kellie Castle is situated about 3 miles north of Pittenweem in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. Kellie Castle was originally a simple tower house. The lower section of the northwest tower is the oldest part of the castle, dating from around 1360. In 1573 a new tower was built by the 4th Lord Oliphant to the east of the original tower. Between 1573 and 1606 the two towers were linked by a new range, and a third tower in the south-west, creating a T-plan layout. The castle is a good example of Scottish Baronial architecture, with fine corbelled towers, and chimneys.

The earliest records of Kellie go back to 1150. The first known owner was Robert of London, son of King William the Lion. The estate passed to the Oliphant family in 1360 and the castle remained in the Oliphant family until 1613. It was then purchased by Sir Thomas Erskine, Earl of Mar, who had saved the life of King James VI during the Gowrie Conspiracy by killing Sir Alexander Ruthven. King James VI stayed at Kellie in 1617 during his only visit to Scotland after the Union of the Crowns.

The Erskines occupied the castle until early 19th century, after which the castle lay abandoned for many years. In 1878 it was rented by James Lorimer, a Professor of Law at Edinburgh University, and father to Sir Robert Lorimer, the renowned Scottish architect. The Lorimer family restored the castle and it became the family home. The walled garden was built in the 17th century, with late Victorian additions. Hew Lorimer sold the castle and gardens the National Trust for Scotland in 1970. The main castle contents were given into the care of the Trust by the Secretary of State for Scotland. The castle and gardens are open to the public.

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  Broughty Castle, City of Dundee
  Claypotts Castle, City of Dundee
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  Dairsie Castle, Fife
  Dirleton Castle, Lothian
  Dudhope Castle, City of Dundee
  Dunbar Castle, Lothian
  Fenton Tower, Lothian
  Fernie Castle, Fife
  Lordscairnie Castle, Fife
  Newark Castle, Fife
  Pittarthie Castle, Fife
  Ravenscraig Castle, Fife
  Scotstarvit Tower, Fife
  St Andrews Castle, Fife
  Tantallon Castle, East Lothian

Tantallon Castle
Kellie castle dates from the 14th century and has a victorian garden

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Tantallon Castle
Kellie Castle and Gardens

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Tantallon Castle
Kellie Castle viewed from the west

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