Balintore Castle occupies an elevated site in moorland above Balintore village. A tower house named Balintor existed on the site in the late 16th century.

It was designed in 1859 by the architect William Burn. A typical example of the Scottish Baronial style, it features an abundance of turreted towers and gables, and a gone oriel window. The main tower is topped by a balustraded viewing platform similar to that of Buchanan Castle.

The centrepiece of the interior is the great hall, and there is also a gallery, bedrooms, dinner service room, women servant’s sitting room, brushing room, beer cellar, lumber room, butler’s pantry, dining room, and a library.

Balintore Castle was commissioned as a sporting lodge by David Lyon, MP, who had inherited a fortune made by his family through investments in the East India Company. Latterly the castle was used only during the shooting season.

In the 1960s it was decided not to repair the extensive dry rot, and it was abandoned. The castle then stood empty until 2007, during which time its condition deteriorated to point of endangering the structure. Balintore Castle has been listed in the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland since it started in 1990. Angus Council used its compulsory purchase powers to buy it from its absentee Far Eastern owners, and it is now in the hands of a Scotsman who is restoring it and residing there.



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Founded: 1859
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Jeroen B (8 months ago)
Unique location to stay. The old storage and kitchen wing are nicely renovated into a guest accommodation, with 3 bedrooms. If you have the chance, visit to the rest of the castle is a great experience. The owner is very friendly and will passionately tell you about the progress of the restoration.
Doug Bod (8 months ago)
Unique experience the owner David is captivating and takes on huge challenges which I am sure will come off very well done
Anne Todd (9 months ago)
We had an amazing stay here—a really great experience. The owner’s description is exactly right: not a place for people wanting a 5* hotel, but exciting for anyone wanting a unique experience. The castle is still undergoing renovations, and we stayed in the kitchen wing. The original architect knew his stuff, and the wing was designed to be cool. Luckily the modern under floor heating works well, and a fire in the evening was very welcome. The castle’s present owner was very friendly and helpful. The tour of the main castle was fascinating. His enthusiasm was contagious. There are some good places locally to eat. We liked Armstrongs and The Wee Bear Cafe.
Kristina Vard (10 months ago)
Wonderful place. The owners are doing a wonderful job to restore it. Really worth a visit and even a stay in of the rooms!
Hazel Beats (10 months ago)
Great opening day it's worth just the drive to get there beautiful angus countryside
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