Fairlie Castle

Fairlie, United Kingdom

Fairlie Castle is a restored oblong tower castle located on a natural rounded knoll situated above a precipitous section of the Fairlie Glen near the town of Fairlie in North Ayrshire. It was built by the now extinct family, the Fairlies of that Ilk and survives in a fairly good state of preservation.

Timothy Pont records that Fairlie was a strong tower with orchards and gardens. One source has it that Sir Robert Fairlie of that Ilk built the present castle in 1521, the family having held the lands since the fourteenth century. In around 1656-1660 the last of the Fairlie family sold the castle and barony to the Boyle family in the person of David, first Earl of Glasgow. Little Cumbrae Castle, Law Castle at West Kilbride and Fairlie Castle are all in the vicinity of the Firth of Clyde and have striking similarities.



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Founded: 1521
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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David Fairlie (11 months ago)
Restoration seems to be going well. Would love for it to be open to the public for visiting. The short hike from the train station to the castle is magnificent.
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