National Trust for Scotland, Kellie Castle & Garden

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This ancient, and reputedly haunted, castle was once home to one of Robert the Bruce’s daughters, and later to the Earls of Kellie. It has a fascinating story: from the 1st Earl, who saved the life of King James VI, to the 5th Earl, who fought on the side of the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden. He was later imprisoned after spending the entire summer of 1746 hidden in an old beech tree in the gardens at Kellie, to which his butler secretly brought him food every day. More recently, the Castle was saved from ruin by the accomplished Lorimer family, who were associated with Kellie for over 100 years. Sir Robert Lorimer, the famous Scottish architect, spent much of his childhood at the Castle, which influenced his later works.

Pittenweem, Fife KY10 2RF Scotland

0844 4932184

The Garden and Estate are open from 3rd January to 31st March, daily 10am–3.30pm; 1st April to 31st October, daily 10am–6pm; 1st November to 31st December, daily 10am–3.30pm (closed 25th–26th December). The Castle and Shop are open from 1st April to 27th May, Thursday to Monday, 12.30pm–5pm; 28th May to 2nd September, daily 12.30pm–5pm; 3rd September to 29th October, Thursday to Monday, 12.30pm–5pm (closes at 4pm in October). The last tour is at 4.15pm. The Tearoom is open on the same dates 10.30am–4.30pm (4pm in October).