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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Founded: 1530
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Oliver MN (2 years ago)
Absolutely beautiful place. Have just been to a wedding here, and stayed in the main building. Cannot fault the experience at all. Beautiful building, room, food and everything in between.
Megan McGeehan (2 years ago)
We had our wedding here in May and it was just perfect! The owner Henry and his family and team made the whole process of organising a wedding easy and calm from the get go! The castle and grounds are stunning and so many places to walk around & get wedding photos! In May we had the beautiful irises! We were so well looked after the whole weekend with a glorious meal on the Friday night before the wedding prepared by the castle team with Prosecco on the lawn after! Nothing was too much trouble for them and they helped our wedding run perfectly! Would recommend this beautiful venue to everyone!
isaac alcaide (2 years ago)
I attended a very nice wedding celebration and stood for 2 nights. It's a great place, nicely decorated. Gardens are quite impressive too.
Rory Jenkins (2 years ago)
A stunning venue you shouldn't use. We recently went to a great wedding here. On a week day as the owners wouldn't let the couple carry their Covid pandemic cancelled date to another Saturday. Nice enough food where there was only just enough of the main course per guest and only enough sharing desert for small portions. As the meal finished it seemed the staff were faster to clear any not empty (but paid for) wine bottles than the rest, to make sure their paid for bar got good use. Despite this a great wedding. So don't use it for your wedding. In a world where some places do all they can for their guests and customers, Myres Castle has obvious and easily resolvable failings.
Jimmyc Burfield (2 years ago)
Incredible venue. I was a wedding guest and was lucky to stay at Myres castle. It was straight forward to find and get to. As a place to stay and get to know and appreciate my in laws it was sensational. High standards are the norm. Henry was an amazing host; always friendly and helpful. Quite simply you will not be disappointed! A wonderful venue. That made a special time, magical. We all loved it.
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