Leslie Castle is the historical seat of Clan Leslie, located just to the west of Auchleven. It was built on the site of a former castle (probably a wooden motte and bailey) around 1661. In the late 1970s restoration of the castle was begun and by the end of the 1980s this was completed. In 1995, a Leslie Clan Gathering was held at Leslie Castle. It is now operated as bed and breakfast accommodation.



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Founded: 1661
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Alex Crash (2 years ago)
Very beautiful castle and lovely owners
Wisdom Theelder (2 years ago)
In one word: SPECIAL. This was our first stay in a castle, and our very first stay on our first trip to Scotland. For my friend Christine and me, this fun and intimate castle home didn't disappoint. Although our stay was short, we can't say enough about the warmth and care of this beautiful family. Comfortable, cozy, clean, good fresh food, great hosts. Easily accessible and a tad off the beaten path, the castle offers scenery of farm life and small village and historical connection. There are stairs for those who have trouble climbing steps but what is a castle without a winding stairway. Loved it!! In two words: WORTH IT.
Molly Russell (2 years ago)
Great place to stay was cosy and comfortable , the breakfast was exceptional wanted to stay longer but just a stop off for the night , we were glad to get a guided tour of the castle and was told to look about ourselves as plenty nooks and crannies to be explored.. the owners were really lovely and made us feel very welcome and privileged would definitely stay again was a real treat..
Patrice Fitzgerald (3 years ago)
A one-of-a-kind experience living for a couple of nights like royalty! You feel more like a friend than a guest. Lovely, quiet locale, delicious breakfast, charming host. Having a car is best for this spot.
Graham Mcgregor (3 years ago)
A wonderful, enchanting place, set in a landscape of complete tranquillity. The host is so wonderfully accommodating. Simply divine ....
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