Airth Castle overlooks the village of Airth and the River Forth. According to an account attributed to Blind Harry, in 1298 William Wallace attacked a previous wooden fortification on this site to rescue his imprisoned uncle, a priest from Dunipace. A later castle was destroyed after the defeat of King James III at Sauchieburn in 1488. The southwest tower is the earliest part, dating to the period immediately thereafter. An extension was added on the east side in the mid 16th century. Airth Castle was owned by the Bruces, Jacobite sympathizers who were forced to sell after the failure of the 1715 rebellion.

The castle is a major historic building that retains much medieval fabric. As such, Historic Environment Scotland has designated it a Category A listed building. Within the castle grounds stand the ruins of the former parish church of Airth.

The castle is currently operating as a hotel and spa.



Your name


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

More Information


3.9/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Fiona Fletcher (2 years ago)
Had lovely few days Good food lovely grounds for wee walk. Enjoyed time in pool and spa. Staff great will definitely be back soon I hope
joe strachan (2 years ago)
This was the worst experience of a hotel stay I have ever had. The room was awful. Chairs and carpets grubby. Furniture was chipped and scratched. The service in the restaurant was average at best but the food was poor. Even the soup was cold! Breakfast was an unmitigated disaster. I would strongly advise against booking this hotel.
Caitlin Goddard (2 years ago)
Absolutely gone down hill. Everything that could have went wrong did, we spent most of our stay waiting on our food arriving at each meal, it took between 2 to 4 hours to even be served breakfast or tea. The hotel is disgusting, no covid procedures in place or deep cleaning at all. Rooms were disgusting, the poor staff were run off their feet because management had overbooked and under prepared. Ruined our weekend and its impossible to get any kind of compensation, even if you aren't served dinner but have already paid for it you will not get a refund
Alan Bradshaw (2 years ago)
A magnificent building and venue for weddings and similar events. Sadly closed and has been for some time due to Covid. Interesting area to walk in.
Ravinder Bindra (2 years ago)
I am a wedding photographer from Fife and I recently shot a wedding at Airth Castle. The venue itself is very nice. An impressive building and lovely interior. I felt most welcomed by the staff and the food and service was fantastic. I really liked the restaurant and will be back for some more food. I can see the appeal of the venue and would love the opportunity to shoot here again. I have attached some pictures from the wedding.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Royal Palace of Naples

Royal Palace of Naples was one of the four residences near Naples used by the Bourbon Kings during their rule of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1734-1860): the others were the palaces of Caserta, Capodimonte overlooking Naples, and the third Portici, on the slopes of Vesuvius.

Construction on the present building was begun in the 17th century by the architect Domenico Fontana. Intended to house the King Philip III of Spain on a visit never fulfilled to this part of his kingdom, instead it initially housed the Viceroy Fernando Ruiz de Castro, count of Lemos. By 1616, the facade had been completed, and by 1620, the interior was frescoed by Battistello Caracciolo, Giovanni Balducci, and Belisario Corenzio. The decoration of the Royal Chapel of Assumption was not completed until 1644 by Antonio Picchiatti.

In 1734, with the arrival of Charles III of Spain to Naples, the palace became the royal residence of the Bourbons. On the occasion of his marriage to Maria Amalia of Saxony in 1738, Francesco De Mura and Domenico Antonio Vaccaro helped remodel the interior. Further modernization took place under Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies. In 1768, on the occasion of his marriage to Maria Carolina of Austria, under the direction of Ferdinando Fuga, the great hall was rebuilt and the court theater added. During the second half of the 18th century, a 'new wing' was added, which in 1927 became the Vittorio Emanuele III National Library. By the 18th century, the royal residence was moved to Reggia of Caserta, as that inland town was more defensible from naval assault, as well as more distant from the often-rebellious populace of Naples.

During the Napoleonic occupation the palace was enriched by Joachim Murat and his wife, Caroline Bonaparte, with Neoclassic decorations and furnishings. However, a fire in 1837 damaged many rooms, and required restoration from 1838 to 1858 under the direction of Gaetano Genovese. Further additions of a Party Wing and a Belvedere were made in this period. At the corner of the palace with San Carlo Theatre, a new facade was created that obscured the viceroyal palace of Pedro de Toledo.

In 1922, it was decided to transfer here the contents of the National Library. The transfer of library collections was made by 1925.

The library suffered from bombing during World War II and the subsequent military occupation of the building caused serious damage. Today, the palace and adjacent grounds house the famous Teatro San Carlo, the smaller Teatrino di Corte (recently restored), the Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III, a museum, and offices, including those of the regional tourist board.