Kellie Castle and Garden

Castles

Pittenweem, Pittenweem, Fife, KY10 2RE

    Kellie Castle dates back to the 14th century and is surrounded by a stunning late Victorian garden. It was restored by the famous Lorimer family.

    Kellie Castle is for lovers of fine interiors, ornate plasterwork, paintings and furniture, and of nature and gardens.

    The oldest part of Kellie Castle is believed to date from 1360, but the building in its present form is mainly 16th and early 17th century and was completed about 1606. Sympathetically restored by the Lorimer family around 1878, it contains magnificent plaster ceilings, painted panelling and furniture designed by Sir Robert Lorimer. It also contains a long-concealed mural by Phoebe Anna Traquair.

    Imagine what life was like for the laird and his family, or for the servants. Admire the library ceiling - one of the oldest ornamental plaster ceilings in Scotland - installed here in honour of the king's visit to Kellie, or marvel at the painted panelling in the Dining Room, painted by Dutch artists in the 17th century.

    The layout of the organic walled garden is 17th century with late Victorian additions and contains a fine collection of old-fashioned roses, fruit trees and herbaceous plants.

    Sit under an apple tree, enjoy the enchanting beauty, the sound of songbirds and the fragrances that make the atmosphere of the Arts and Crafts Walled Garden so special.

    Take a stroll around the nature walks, visit the bird hide, walk past the pond, through the meadow or woodland, which is carpeted with the white flowers of wild garlic in early summer.

    Buy some freshly harvested fruit or vegetables grown in the garden and sold in the summerhouse that Lorimer designed as a young architect. He spent much of his childhood at the castle, and it influenced his later works as one of Scotland's leading architects. There is a display in the summerhouse on the history of walled garden.
     

    Gradings
    4 Historic House
    Awards
    Green Tourism Silver Taste Our Best Mobility difficulties
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2015 - 29 Oct 2015

    Open:
    Garden and Estate:
    All year, daily, 9 until dusk

    Castle, Tearoom and Shop:
    3 April to 31 May, Thurs- Monday, 12-5
    1 Jun to 31 Aug, daily, 10.30-5
    1 September to 31 October, Thurs-Mon, 12-5 (4pm in October)

    Note: Tearoom open at 11.30. Last tour 4.15pm (3.30 in October)

    Catering

    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Tearoom Available.Our Catering staff have been working closely with our gardening staff and other local suppliers to ensure the freshest seasonal produce is used to create mouth-watering soups, light snacks and home baking.
    • Shop The gift shop sells a range of cards, gifts, Scottish foods, confectionery, children’s games, books and novelties.

    Domestic

    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Luxury Venue
    • Reception Facilities
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Romantic Location

    Children

    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Outdoor Play Area

    Facilities

    • ASVA Member
    • Picnic Area

    Transport

    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Parking

    Public Transport Directions

    By road:

    Kellie Castle is 3 miles NNW of Pittenweem

    By bus:

    Flexibus is available to the castle from local villages by pre-booking (phone 01334 840340).

    By train:

    Nearest stations are at Leuchars or Cupar - from Leuchars station take a bus to St Andrews, then on to Anstruther/Pittenweem; or take a taxi direct from Cupar or Leuchars stations.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point

    Parking

    • Parking provided for visitors

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Audio
      • Large print (at least 14 point)

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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