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near Kinross, Perth and Kinross, Scotland

Burleigh Castle is located just outside the village of Milnathort, 1.5 miles north of Kinross, in Perth and Kinross. The castle was built in the 15th century. The castle is in ruins, and the remains include the western part of a square courtyard with a tower house in the north-west corner. The tower house is still standing with three storeys and a garret. The walls are five feet thick with corbels at the top which would once have supported a parapet walk. The vaulted basement of the tower remains but roof and internal floors are gone. The stair in the north-east corner would have led to a caphouse giving access to the parapet walk.

There is another tower in the south-west that was built in the 16th century. It is two storeys high with a basement and still has its roof in place. The tower is round at the base, and corbelled out to a square upper storey. The date 1582 is engraved in the north gable. The two towers are connected by a section of curtain wall with an arched gate, that would have once fronted a gatehouse.

Burleigh Castle tower house was built in the late 15th century by the Balfour family and extended in the 16th century with addition of a curtain wall, second tower, and other outbuildings. In the 18th century, Robert Balfour joined the Jacobite cause, proclaiming the Old Pretender, James Stuart king at Lochmaben, and fighting in the 1715 rising. Following the defeat of the Jacobites, Balfour was stripped of his property and fled to France. The castle was forfeit to the Irwins, then passed to the Grahams of Kinross. It is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument in the care of Historic Scotland.

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  Airth Castle, Falkirk
  Balgonie Castle, Fife
  Balhousie Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Ballinbreich Castle, Fife
  Balvaird Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Blackness Castle, Falkirk
  Castle Campbell, Clackmannanshire
  Collairnie Castle, Fife
  Denmylne Castle, Fife
  Elcho Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Evelick Castle, Perth And Kinross
  Falkland Palace, Fife
  Fernie Castle, Fife
  Fingask Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Huntingtower Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Kinnaird Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Lochleven Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Lochore Castle, Fife
  Lordscairnie Castle, Fife
  Myres Castle, Fife
  Ravenscraig Castle, Fife
  Rosyth Castle, Fife
  Scotstarvit Tower, Fife
  Tulliallan Castle, Fife

Tulliallan Castle
Burleigh Castle, Milnathort, Kinross-shire. Early 16th century tower house on left of photo extended later in 1580s.

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