Pittarthie Castle was a laird’s fortified house in Fife. The present house was built for James Monypenny of Pitmilly c. 1580. There are substantial remains of the hilltop house, which is built in an 'L' plan with the jamb, its northwest corner bowed, attached to the southwest of the main block, and a stair tower in the inner angle. The stonework is good quality rubble with ashlar dressings. but much coarser masonry appears at the bottom of the south wall, possibly evidence of an earlier building. It displays wonderfully decorative but now fairly useless defences—a gunloop beside the roll-moulded door, and pistol holes below all the window sills.

The date 1682 is carved, together with William Bruce's arms and initials, on a segmental pediment over the first floor hall's south window. This window, like most of the others, has typically late 17th century rounded arrises. The interior is derelict. In the tunnel-vaulted jamb, there is a kitchen with a huge north fireplace, and a water inlet in the west wall. Perhaps also of late 17th-century origin was the addition of a north stair turret.

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Founded: 1580
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Jim (2 years ago)
Only accessible on foot if you like walking ,this is an old tower house / castle ruin . It appealed to me because it was not captured on Google maps and old places like this should be remembered
Jim (2 years ago)
Only accessible on foot if you like walking ,this is an old tower house / castle ruin . It appealed to me because it was not captured on Google maps and old places like this should be remembered
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