Kellie Castle and Garden is in the care of the National Trust of Scotland.
A 14th century castle with magnificent plaster ceilings and painted panelling, fine furniture designed by Sir Robert Lorimer and a long concealed mural by Phoebe Anna Traquai.
The first record of Kellie dates as far back as 1150. The Kellie Castle we see today was built in the shape of an E plan tower, on the site of a castle dating from the 1100s. It consists of a three story main block with
three large square towers that form the arms of the E.
In 1613 the property was purchased by Sir Thomas Erskine
- who had saved the life of King James VI of Scotland and James I of England. During the King's only visit to Scotland, after be became King of England he stayed at Kellie Castle in 1617.
Today the castle is owned by the National Trust for Scotland who have kept the building looking as it did in the late 1800s. Unlike many a grand castle it looks like a family home - with toys and a rocking horse
in the nursery and cooking pots in the kitchen. The late Victorian garden has an excellent collection of old-fashioned roses and herbaceous borders, which are cultivated organically.
Castle Open 1 Apr to 31 October, best to phone to check opening times as times do vary through out the season.
Garden Open all year.
Directions:- Kellie Castle is on the B9171, 9 miles from St Andrews. KY10 2RF