Kellie Castle dates from the 14 th century. The buildings and gardens were rescued from ruin in the 19 th century by a determined family of artists and architects. The whole place has been lovingly maintained ever since. The history of the site combines medieval atmosphere and construction with a Victorian sense of style.
There is plenty to take in and admire about Kellie Castle. It’s well worth taking the time to wander the outer walls. The outside of the castle is fairytale perfect. There are quintessential stone towers and crow-stepped gables.
Surrounding the castle is the Arts & Crafts garden. This well-kept garden features herbaceous borders and organically grown fruits and vegetable. If you visit in summer, the scent of roses hangs heavy in the air. The sights and smells combined make the gardens one of the highlights of the visit.
Once you’ve explored the garden, you can travel further out into the grounds. There is a delightful stretch of woodland. There is a gentle ½ mile walk through the woods. On your way around you will find an adventure playground where the kids can run wild.
Before you head into the castle, you should take a detour to the stable. You won’t find horses, but you will find a display of sculptures. You can learn about the life and work of Hew Lorimer OBE and have a peek inside his studio.
The inside of the castle is full of hidden gems. When you go into the library, don’t forget to look up. The ceiling is the oldest example of ornamental plater in Scotland. Keep your eyes open for a mural by Anna Traquair that was hidden for a long time, before being rediscovered.
The castle is just a few miles south of St Andrews and easy to reach by either car or public transport.
The castle, gardens and grounds are open from Thursday - Monday. The estate grounds are open from dawn until dusk. The gardens, shop, tearoom and castle open 9 am - 4 pm. If you are interested in taking a guided tour around the castle, you need to be there for 11 am or 12:15 pm. Times occasionally vary, so it is always worth checking their website before you go.