Kilbryde Castle is a castellated Scottish castle in the Scots baronial style. Its extensive gardens are open to the public on selected days or by appointment.

The property was originally built by the Earl of Menteith in 1460. It is currently owned by Sir James and Lady Carola Campbell. The family has owned the castle since 1659.

The castle was remodelled by the Scottish architect Thomas Heiton to its current appearance in the late 1870s following the collapse of the roof in 1877. The building was refurbished again in the 1950s.

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Doune, United Kingdom
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Jeremy Deakin (12 months ago)
Absolutely stunning views, beautiful well kept gardens, beautiful castle
Elaine Gill (15 months ago)
Lovely place to stay. Feel like royalty driving up the road to stay here. We love to come back year after year ❤
don bremner (2 years ago)
Great place to rent away from the madding crowd with some great walks scenery and bird life. Warm with modern shower room and kitchen
Maria Nimock (3 years ago)
Lovely quiet and relaxing place the studio had everything you needed. Nice touch from the owners to leave a welcome pack with the essentials in . Surrounding village of Dunblane was great as well to eat out in and Stirling and Edinburgh really accessible via the train link at Dunblane.
Hazel Szabo (3 years ago)
We stayed in the garden cottage, a lovely self catering cottage in the castle grounds. The cottage was well equipped and very comfortable. The owner was very friendly and the welcome pack was a lovely touch. A great base for exploring central Scotland.
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