Myres Castle history is interleaved with that of nearby Falkland Palace with present-day castle construction dating to 1530. The castle and magnificent Scottish garden are now operated as a private conference centre with lodging.

Its history is intertwined with the nearby Falkland Palace, since Myres was the hereditary home of the Macers, or Sergeants of Arms, of Falkland. The word myres is associated with a boggy place; in fact, Myres Castle is located within fields and policies with marginal drainage. Further drainage improvements to the fields were made as late as the 1970s. There exists an attractive pond in front of the Castle, which also serves to collect runoff. The lands of the present Myres estate originally part of the extensive properties of the Earl of Fife, the Myres portion being conveyed by marriage to Robert, Duke of Albany. In the year 1425, Murdoch, the son of Robert, forfeited the holding to the crown. From that time until the 16th century, the tenant farmers rents are recording in the rolls of the Royal Exchequer, indicating continuing ownership of the king.

The castle itself originated circa 1530 as a Z-plan fortress, perhaps designed by its owner John Scrimgeour, and has an ochre harled exterior with some exposed grey ashlar stonework on its square tower added in 1616. The tower is adorned with garland stonework, heraldic relief with carved initials and a parapet. The basement course appears to be an older, possibly 14th-century piece, due to its Romanesque barrel-vaulted construction, and clear architecture of a medieval kitchen. Further modifications took place in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1872 the building was repaired and slightly remodelled, Scots Baronial touches being added by James Campbell Walker.

At the property entrance there is a detached Victorian stone gatehouse, which was inhabited as a residence up to at least 1997. The prize of Myres is a spectacular walled garden featuring gigantic topiary yew trees, elaborate herbaceous borders and a small fishpond. The garden walls exceed three metres in height and are probably of 17th-century origin.

Myres is set amongst 18ha of gardens, farmlands and policies. The Fairlie family has been associated with Myres for some time. There are Fairlie memorabilia at Myres including shooting diaries as far back as 1903. A recording is noted in the year 1915 that James Ogilvy Reginald Fairlie, Chamberlain to His Majesty, resident of Myres was killed in action in World War I. His brother was the distinguished Scot architect Reginald Fairlie. The castle was the home of the Fairlie family up until 1997; moreover, the policies, or wooded perimeter, were augmented with the prudent planting by Captain Reginald Fairlie in the early 1980s. At present Myres serves as an exclusive let and wedding venue.

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Adam Bienkowski (3 months ago)
I stayed in the gate house of the castle for a few nights and it was amazing. Really great house and a perfect location. The grounds of the castle are stunning with lovely gardens and a maze. There is also a woodland walk around the grounds which is about a mile long. There are highland cows in a field in the grounds which are lovely and you can even see some hippos in the curling pond ??
Iain MacKenzie (3 months ago)
Henry and Amanda were really helpful. The gatehouse was warm and cosy. Will come back again.
JeannaBean224 (2 years ago)
We had our wedding at Myres on July 13, 2019 and stayed in the castle the entire weekend. From check-in to check-out we experienced nothing less than impeccable service. Henry was incredibly attentive, the venue is absolutely stunning, the rooms where our family stayed were each unique and original historic design, and we also lucked out on the weather being amazing. I can't recommend this venue enough. The pictures speak for themselves of how happy we were and Henry and his team made everything seem effortless. The natural beauty of the venue is what attracted us to it and waking up the morning after with our entire family made it feel like Christmas Day. Thank you to everyone involved with our wedding! It was a blast!
JeannaBean224 (2 years ago)
We had our wedding at Myres on July 13, 2019 and stayed in the castle the entire weekend. From check-in to check-out we experienced nothing less than impeccable service. Henry was incredibly attentive, the venue is absolutely stunning, the rooms where our family stayed were each unique and original historic design, and we also lucked out on the weather being amazing. I can't recommend this venue enough. The pictures speak for themselves of how happy we were and Henry and his team made everything seem effortless. The natural beauty of the venue is what attracted us to it and waking up the morning after with our entire family made it feel like Christmas Day. Thank you to everyone involved with our wedding! It was a blast!
Sharon Cairney (2 years ago)
My weekly yoga class with Amanda and a wonderful group. How could you not be relaxed at Myres Castle :)
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