Balgonie Castle

Balgonie Castle, Markinch: Hours, Address, Balgonie Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Balgonie Castle
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Castles
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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Balgonie Castle is the home of the Laird of Balgonie & Edergoll. Balgonie Castle is in the heart of the Kingdom of Fife and is over 700 years old. The Morris' were the first in Fife to secure a Civil Weddings Certificate. We have been a filming site for Outlander and an inspiration for the Game of Thrones Red Wedding Scene.
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maisymeg
Wigan, UK2,523 contributions
Jun 2021
We were staying near here in June 2021 and walked past but the castle is closed and has been for some time, although it looks as if it is open on some websites!
There was an application for planning permission to improve the buildings on a nearby notice and I hope this is granted so the owner can maybe open it again in the future.
Written 8 July 2021
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Hunter
1 contribution
Sep 2019 • Friends
My wife & I we’re very lucky to be the last couple who would exchange vows inside the chapel of this lovely castle. We had the greatest day with our family & friends, in which we cant thank the Laird & Lady of Balgonie Stuart & Kelly enough for their hospitality on the day itself, not to mention all the help & advice they provided during preparation on the built up to our special day. Balgonie Castle has a great historical story situated in a lovely part of Fife for anyone who is honoured to take a tour of the grounds, remember to keep a look out for the green lady.
Written 16 August 2020
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James R
Falkirk, UK1 contribution
Aug 2019
I think the signs to this castle should be either taken down or at least people should be informed that it is no longer open to the public. Even the pages on the internet don't inform you.
Written 19 August 2019
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Bonnie B
3 contributions
Aug 2019
Our private tour operator tried emailing them to get us a look see inside the castle but no response. Too bad. Gate keeper cottage resident said that the castle had been closed for over a year tho the Duke and Duchess did still live there.
Written 13 August 2019
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donnasuej
College Station, TX33 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
We were looking forward to our visit to Balgonie Castle, but upon arrival, we found out that it was closed. Beautiful from the outside, though, with a Texas flag flying along with the Scottish flag. Made me even sorrier it was closed since I wanted to hear the connection.
Five stars for outside appearance and the flags!
Written 26 July 2019
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MidlothianBunni
midlothian27 contributions
Aug 2018
restored so beautifully by the current laird who is happy to show visitors around his home...interesting history and when recounted by the laird it brings it all to life...
Written 22 November 2018
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Helen T
Glenrothes, UK19 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Visited today with friends from Markinch in Canada. We were welcomed by the Laird, what a man. So passionate about his home, so talented, wood carvings were amazing. So informative about the history of the castle. Hard to believe that he is 88 years old, A mind so sharp and very humorous. Were there for over two hours and could have stayed a lot longer as he was so interesting. The Canadian visitors were enthralled with him.
Written 12 September 2018
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Scottishlass
St. Andrews, UK335 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit here. Loved the private tour by The Laird of Balgonie. Very interesting tour by a man who is very Passionate and Proud of his home. His wealth of knowledge was very educational. Great Outlander Location.
Written 15 July 2018
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rick4stunts
Los Angeles, CA13 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
I went with friends to Balgonie castle, and what a joy the place is, the hidden gem being the Laird of the castle. He is an absolute master Craftsman in would work painting and leatherwork, and and is shown all throughout the castle. It was a total highlight of my visit to visit with him
Written 17 June 2018
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Tony C
Bridgend, UK29 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
As others have said below: we were welcomed by the Laird, and heard the history of the castle (and much about this truly individual Laird). Our tour was informative and a lot of fun. We felt more like friends being shown around he Lairds home than paying guests.

The tour was filled with history, anecdotes and lively conversation. A truly special place, home to a very special - dare I say eccentric? - Laird who I hope to meet again.

If you are in Fife then you will love this place - made very special by the man who rebuilt it, and who is justifiably round of what he has done, please don’t think he was showing off. He was not. Just a truly remarkable man who is very clever with his hands and his voice!

We loved every minute. The Laird even walked out to our car with us.... still talking!

And I loved his dog......
Written 1 June 2018
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Balgonie Castle is open:
  • Wed - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM