Dairsie Castle

Cupar, United Kingdom

Dairsie Castle is a restored tower house located in Dairsie in north-east Fife. The first castle built here was the property of the bishops of St Andrews, and may have been constructed by William de Lamberton, bishop of St Andrews from 1298 to 1328. A Scottish parliament was held at the castle in early 1335.

The castle was rebuilt in the 16th century by the Learmonth family. James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, then regent of Scotland, laid siege to the castle in 1575. King James VI of Scotland stayed at Dairsie Castle in 1583 following his escape from the Raid of Ruthven in June 1583. In the 17th century it was sold to John Spottiswoode (1565–1639), Archbishop of St Andrews, who built Dairsie Old Church next to the castle in 1621.

Dairsie Castle became ruinous in the 19th century, but was rebuilt in the 1990s, and is now operated as holiday accommodation. It is a Category B listed building, and was formerly a Scheduled Ancient Monument, having been de-scheduled in 1997 prior to the restoration works.



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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Fiona Tait (9 months ago)
Very clean, comfortable and lovely linen on the beds. I wasn't expecting the comfort to be as good for the price. Mega portion of scrambled eggs a bit off putting after a late night. Ask for a small portion.
Ernie Miller (13 months ago)
Stunning building steeped I'm character
Chris Hawthorn (13 months ago)
What a stunning place for a stunning day
George Brown (2 years ago)
My daughter was married here last week,we stay locally so this place was perfect It is an awesome place to have a wedding or just a holiday. The castle ? is set in beautiful countryside and close to a lovely river and lots of walks. The gardens are lovely and well maintained .the owner is a gem to talk to and help with anything,we had a marquee big enough for 130 people and it could have been bigger.you will need a car as the stores are only 10 mins away.the grassland are on a slight slope but not too much. Facilities are all included and ample for the amount of people we had here for the week. There is also a large amazing barbecue area complete with fire pit and a large supply of timber.the car park is not to big so better to organise transport arrangements carefully . All in all a fantastic experience.
James Brown (3 years ago)
Beautiful castle and grounds for a family getaway!
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