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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mike tallis (11 months ago)
Stayed in the "Studio",very nice,modern. A leasure to stay..
PipandPhoebe (14 months ago)
Stunning gardens. Beautifully cared for. Def worth a visit when open for Scotland's Garden Scheme.
Jo Robinson (15 months ago)
Beautiful, wild and natural woodland and country gardens
Jeremy Deakin (2 years ago)
Absolutely stunning views, beautiful well kept gardens, beautiful castle
Jeremy Deakin (2 years ago)
Absolutely stunning views, beautiful well kept gardens, beautiful castle
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