Arnot Tower is a ruined 16th-century castle. The current building dates from c. 1507, though fortifications were present c. 1400. The castle has four storeys and a vaulted basement. It was built by the Arnot family who have records dating back to 1105. David Arnot of Fyfe was one of 2000 noble landowners required to swear allegiance to King Edward I of England in 1296. Nicol Arnot Arnot was a loyal supporter of King Robert the Bruce. Robert Arnot was killed in the battle of Flodden in 1514. The Arnots abandoned the old tower around 1700.

In 1760 local poet Michael Bruce wrote a poem about the true story of a love affair between an Arnot daughter and a Balfour of nearby Burleigh Castle. The families were in a feud, and it is believed the daughter of Arnot eloped to Burleigh Castle.



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Founded: c. 1507
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Jake Smith (3 months ago)
The Tower of Arnot is a great piece of history from the 1500s. It's great to walk around the tower, but I recommend to ask the owner of the property before wandering around. It's interesting to learn the builder of the Tower is linked to the founding of the church and we'll in the nearby town of Scotlandwell. So much little known history in this piece of architecture!
Scott Arnot (2 years ago)
Beautiful bit of history on amazing grounds. Surrounding area is also breathtaking with views down to Loch Leven & Lochleven Castle. David Arnot was one of the 2000 Lords who had signed the Ragman roll pledging allegiance to King Edward I in 1296 but then joining the rebellion lead by Robert the Bruce, so the Arnot's hold a special place in the History of Scotland but I may be biased. I hope to see the tower maintained.
Proving Paranormal 1 (Master Mack) (2 years ago)
A ruined castle but good to explore
Dean Mckenzie (3 years ago)
Really nice good wedding venue
Dean Mckenzie (3 years ago)
Really nice good wedding venue
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