Creich Castle

Cupar, United Kingdom

Creich Castle is a ruined tower house. There is a mention of a castle on the property in the 13th century, but it is uncertain what relationship that has to the existing structures. There is documentary evidence of a tower in 1553, but the existing structure either postdates that or has been heavily remodeled, judging by its architectural style.

The first surviving records that mention Craich show that it was held by the MacDuff, Earls of Fife and they were probably the builders of the first Creich Castle. The land was subsequently owned by the Liddel family until they forfeited it when charged with treason. The Beaton family purchased it in 1503 and the property has been linked with David Betoun of Creich, Cardinal David Beaton, a 16th century Archbishop of St Andrews, and Mary Bethune. The existing ruins date from the 16th century.

The castle is 1.7 km south of the River Tay and is located in a depression surrounded by higher ground on all sides. The lower ground immediately surrounding the tower complex was formerly marsh, some of which still survives, which would have improved its defensibility. The tower house is L-shaped. The main block is three storeys tall, although the wing has a height of four storeys. The walls are whin rubble with ashlar dressings. Over the stair tower is a heavily corbelled cornice for the parapet walk. The upper floors are inaccessible and in bad repair.

The tower was likely enclosed in a courtyard as there are the remains of a small round tower 20 yards west typical of those found at gateways or, less frequently, barmkins. The nearby Creich Castle Doocot or dovecote, dating to 1723, is category A listed. It is rectangular in shape with two interior chambers.



Your name


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

More Information


4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Opsec Classified (6 months ago)
My name is criech
Stephen Burchett (2 years ago)
Worth a visit but no access. Interesting hamlet.
Sue Ruddick (2 years ago)
Nice ruined castle all fenced off so not accessible but sti nice to look at
Alan Todd (3 years ago)
Dont know havent been there
Irene Watson (3 years ago)
Not much left of the castle. Fenced off, access difficult. Part of the farm so need to get permission to look around.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Diocletian's Palace

Considered to be one of the most imposing Roman ruins, Diocletian’s palace is certainly the main attraction of the city of Split. The ruins of palace, built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D., can be found throughout the city. Today the remains of the palace are part of the historic core of Split, which in 1979 was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

While it is referred to as a 'palace' because of its intended use as the retirement residence of Diocletian, the term can be misleading as the structure is massive and more resembles a large fortress: about half of it was for Diocletian's personal use, and the rest housed the military garrison.


The palace has a form of an irregular rectangle with numerous towers on the western, northern, and eastern facades.