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Sleeps 12 adults
+ 2 children
Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms 4 Pets Not accepted Region Kingdom of Fife Town/village St Andrews

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Restored Fortified Castle, near St Andrews

With contemporary works of art, carvings and wall paintings, it certainly has its own story to tell of heaven and of hell! But the castle itself is just heaven.

This is a unique castle, which dates back to Medieval times, which was rebuilt from a ruin and restored to its former glory incorporating modern twists in 1996. It is now a stunning holiday venue, ideal as a base for exploring the kingdom of Fife. On entering via the steps at the turreted entrance, is the “Great Hall”, with minstrel’s gallery, which houses the living space and dining area, with kitchen next door. Spread over 5 floors, the accommodation is below this floor and on the floors above and sleeps up to 12 adults and 2 children. There is also a gallery on the top floor which is a great room to gather in. The grounds consist of a herb garden, orchard and open area, open garage, and walled viewing tower, with parking by the castle for about 8 cars. This is an amazing fortified tower house which has been lovingly restored in an authentic and contemporary manner and is ideal for family holidays, family occasions and for golfers.

Perfect for a medieval feast, with a minstrels gallery aboveViews of The Great Hall from the Minstrel's GalleryCarved pillars in the great hallHistoric castle for holiday lets in Central ScotlandThe TV room offers a getaway space to unwind in front of a filmCompass room, one of the round tower rooms behind the minstrels galleryThe castle is home to some very interesting artwork!Gallery room on the top floor is an ideal space to host a small party or gatheringAnother view of the Gallery room

Living Space

Reception rooms

The Great Hall can be found on the main floor level of this tower, which is accessed by steps up into the castle on arrival. Within this large space is housed the dining area and the main seating area by the wood-burning stove. With large windows and a minstrels gallery above it is an impressive room by any standards, but with modern carving and paintings throughout, it has a more modern touch. The compass room is to be found at this level. On the floor above is a smaller sitting room with TV, which is ideal for children or just for a more cosy setting. On the top floor is a vast space the length of the building which known as the gallery. It is ideal for hosting a drinks party or an event and on occasion by request, up to 30 people could be entertained up here. 

Kitchen / Dining

Within the Great Hall is housed the dining area and the main seating area by the wood-burning stove. The dining table is ideal for seating between 10/12 people and is a great oak table with matching dining chairs. The kitchen is located next door and is a well equipped kitchen, with traditional AGA. Whilst there is also a separate electric hob as well to cater for all your cooking needs. For less formal dining, there is a table in the kitchen where informal breakfasts or children can be fed. There is a utility room next door and access to a back door, which leads outside to some steps into the castle.

  • Aga
  • BBQ
  • CD Player
  • Cot
  • Croquet Set
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Gallery
  • Garden Furniture
  • Hall, great
  • Heating, Central
  • Heating, underfloor
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Oven, hob, gas
  • Telephone, Honesty System
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • Views, stunning
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wood burning Stove
Room 1, 'Dungeon' is a twin room on the ground floorUniquely round en-suite bathroom for 'Dungeon' twin bedroom Room 2, 'Family' bedroom on the second floor offers a double four poster, and two single four poster bedsEn-suite for 'Family' room with roll top bath decorated in the style of Japanese artist HokusaiPainted scenes of the history of the castle on the 'Family' bedroom wallRoom 3, 'Learmonth' double bedroom between first and second floorEn-suite bathroom for 'Learmonth' double bedroom Room 4, 'Spottiswoode', a cosy double bedroom on the second floorRoom 5, 'South Caphouse', is a twin bedroom on the third floor

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 12 + 2

Ground floor - Room 1, ‘Dungeon’, vaulted twin room, with two single beds, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin. First floor - Cloakroom, with w.c and wash hand basin. Mezzanine level, between First and Second floor – Room 3, ‘Learmonth’, double room, with double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin. Second floor – Room 2, ‘Family’ bedroom, with four poster double bed and 2 four poster single beds, with en-suite bathroom, with bath in central position with window view, with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin; Room 4, ‘Spottiswoode’ double room, with double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin. Third floor – Room 5, ‘South Caphouse’ twin room, with two single beds; shower room, with shower only; Room 6, ‘North Caphouse’ double room, with double bed.

  • 2 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Family With Ensuite Bathroom
This medieval castle has been beautifully restored and is now offered as a stunning holiday homeRebuilt from a ruin the castle is now beautifully presented to guests wishing to visit Central ScotlandThe beautiful formal gardensThe castle is an ideal base for guests looking to explore the Kingdom of Fife

Grounds & Surrounds

Set in 9 acres of private grounds, which is laid out to lawn, meadow and orchard, it is accessed by a drive, with plenty of parking available. Located in the countryside 47 miles north east of Edinburgh and 3 miles from Cupar. Whilst there is a pub and general store within a mile of the castle, the main shopping can be done in the supermarket in Cupar or on the High Street. Fife is famous for golf and St Andrews is only 7 miles away, with the famous Swilken Bridge on the Old Course, being essential for all golfers to experience the Home of Golf. For family entertainment there is a local Deer Centre and Deep Sea World is a great day out.


Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen & towels; electricity; central heating and an initial supply of logs.

Notes & Warnings

Please note that whilst Wireless Broadband is at the castle, due to the thick walls it cannot cover all the rooms. Strictly no fireworks allowed.

Please note weekly bookings from 2016 onwards will be from Friday to Friday.

Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair. Please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting this item so the owner knows to put one out for you on arrival.

LocationSt Andrews

Perhaps the most well known town in Scotland, St Andrews is world famous! The historic town is home to the oldest  University in Scotland, the distinguished St Andrews, and the town is very much centred around the elegant university buildings. If this wasn’t enough St Andrews is also the renowned Home of Golf. Visitors come from far and wide to experience the links courses, and the Old Course is perhaps the most eminent and prolific. Investigation is a must before visiting, as there is just so much on offer. There is more to discover in the town however; the majestic ruins of the Castle sit atop the headland, jutting into the sea, and just a little further along the coast are the magnificent ruins of what was once the largest Cathedral in Scotland. Climb to the top of St Rule’s Tower for splendid views of the town. The Botanic Gardens are a little piece of paradise; exotic and native species of all kinds are arranged in the glasshouses and 18 acres of mature landscaped gardens.

Kingdom of Fife

Located between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth, the Kingdom of Fife has some of the finest beaches in Scotland. Where there are beaches you will find links golf courses and St Andrews is known the world over as the home of golf. Whilst the Old Course is the championship course, there are beautiful courses everywhere.  The beautiful coastal strip at East Neuk overlooks the Firth of Forth and has many quaint and picturesque fishing villages, like Anstruther, Crail and Pittenweem. the former historical county of Kincardineshire has been included within the boundaries of Fife, and the old county town of Kincardine can be found on the shores of the Firth of Forth. Dunfermline is an ancient Capital of Scotland, and is steeped in history. Seven Kings of Scotland are buried here, and the Palace and Abbey is worth a visit. The historic Royal Burgh of Culross is also a heritage site of interest, and for a family trip out, why not visit Deep Sea World at North Queensferry, which holds a million gallons of water and has one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world to watch the marine life.

Central Scotland

Incorporating the two largest Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, Central Scotland is a hive of activities and attractions for visitors, and there will be plenty to entertain you on your trip. For a family outing try Edinburgh Castle, for a day at the beach try the Firth of Forth coastline, for shopping you can’t beat either city centre, or if you just want soaking up some Scottish landscapes try Perthshire’s rolling southern lowlands, and wilderness of its highland. Whatever takes your fancy, the central counties can offer it all. Airports at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Prestwick offer great transportation links for those coming from afar.  

Area Kingdom of Fife Type of location Countryside Nearest shop 1 mile miles Nearest supermarket 3 miles Nearest pub 1 mile miles
Nearest Airport
Edinburgh 44 miles
Nearest Train Station
Cupar 3 miles
Scottish Deer Centre in CuparScottish Deer Centre in CuparBalmerino Abbey is nearby and worth a visitBalmerino Abbey


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29th September 2016 Excellent 

I had some trouble paying through their website, but I was able to book over the phone.

Service rating : Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review, sounds like your second trip to this beautiful castle was all you hoped for and more! So nice to hear the owner was also able to welcome your group upon arrival and offer help throughout your stay. 

Product : Many thanks for the excellent review and glad we were able to help with your queries and payment over the phone for you. Hope to hear from you again in the future! 

13th September 2016 Excellent 

The castle was incredible. The grounds were fantastic. The art all over the place was lovely. I couldn't recommend this place enough. Building is well cared for and kitchen utensils etc was well stocked. We had a really special family holiday, thank you

Service rating : Glad you found our new website easy to use, we always welcome any feedback and take comments on board.

We hope to hear from you all again in the future.

Product : Wow, sounds like you all had an incredible holiday in this unique holiday home. Great to hear you would recommend the castle and we look forward to hearing from you again should you wish to re book.

The owners will be delighted by your excellent comments.

14th August 2016 Excellent 

We loved Dairsie Castle. We were 3 generations of family. The Castle had appeal for each generation. Places to explore, places to gather as a family, everything we needed to settle in, a wonderful location. Castle's reconstruction is remarkable.

Service rating : Great to hear you found our procedures and directions straight forward and that you felt everything went smoothly with your booking. Don' t forget we offer a loyalty discount scheme for repeat guests should you wish to book again.

Product : Sounds like the entire family had a wonderful time at this unique castle near Fife.

Many thanks for submitting a review, we would love to be of help again in the future should you decide to return.

26th April 2016 Excellent 

Amazing and unique venue.

Service rating : Thanks so much, great you found our service helpful and efficient. We would be delighted to assist with any future holiday plans.

Product : We agree, this castle is really authentic and such a special place for a holiday!

7th April 2016 Excellent 

The castle was fantastic a great location
Would highly recommend for any occasion

Service rating : Perfect you found the service excellent and well organised, we hope to help again in the future.

Product : Sounds like a fantastic time was had by all at this restored castle. Great to hear you would highly recommend, we hope we may be able to help with a return visit.

29th February 2016 Excellent 

Wonderful accommodation. Was even better than it looks in the advert. We had a wonderful stay.Lovely log fires, beautiful art work and fabulous grounds. twelve happy guests who would not hesitate to make a return visit.

Service rating : So pleased you found our service helpful, thank you for taking the time to leave feedback its always invaluable!
Product : Wow, sounds like you all had a wonderful time at this unique castle, enjoying the art work, open fires and grounds. We would be delighted to help with a return visit for you all and look forward to hearing from you again in the future! P.s Don't forget to claim your loyalty discount next time...

19th January 2016 Excellent 

Dairsie castle was beautiful, very comfortable and well equipped. The perfect holiday for us (8 adults and 5 children aged 4 - 12). The Aga was so useful and the kitchen very cosy. The grand hall was perfect for our Christmas meal and for games and chatting in front of the fire. The castle was so cosy, even our Australian relatives weren't cold. The owner was lovely and very helpful and welcoming. We hope to stay at the castle again some day and we haven't stopped recommending it to friends and colleagues since we returned.

Service rating : Thanks so much for the excellent feedback, glad you found our team helpful & friendly and we would be delighted to assist with any future holiday plans.
Product : Many thanks for your lovely comments, great to hear you found the castle cosy and warm despite the Wintry weather outside! The grand hall is perfect for getting together and the quirky artwork and antiques make this castle a truly memorable holiday. Sounds like the castle was all your family hoped for, it’s so nice to hear happy holiday stories!

6th January 2016 Excellent 

Perfect, accommodation comfortable, all the facilities available including log burner, Aga, washing facilities. Cannot fault it.

Service rating : Thank you for your review. Glad you found our service helpful and the castle clean/comfortable!
Product : Great to hear you had a perfect stay! We would love to be of assistance again in the future, please don't hesitate to get in touch if you wish to re book.

2nd October 2015 Excellent 

The castle and grounds were amazing they were better than expected

Service rating : Thank you, glad to hear you found our service helpful with the holiday planning.
Product : Great to hear you enjoyed the holiday in this beautifully restored castle!

12th November 2014 Excellent 

There could not possibly be any complaints about a stay at Dairsie Castle. The property has been renovated to a fantastic standard. It is very comfortable, spacious, perfectly equipped and clean. The owners can only be thanked by native Scots for restoring one of our most historic buildings to its original state with so much care and skill The Jack clan held their 6th clan gathering in November and hope to return next year to repeat the experience.

Great to hear you found our service professional and friendly, many thanks for taking the time to submit your feedback.

It was lovely to be of help with your plans to re visit Scotland, thank you for choosing Sch's. We will certainly to pass your comments onto the owners of this both beautiful and historic castle

We hope we can be of help again in the near future!

Naomi Ashwell
Scotts Castle Holidays

10th October 2014 Excellent 

Very well maintained. Owner was wonderful. Would stay there again

Many thanks for your lovely comments, great to hear you enjoyed your stay in this amazing castle and hope we can help again with your next trip!

Scotts Castle Holidays

8th October 2014 Excellent 

Beautiful castle

Thank you for your lovely comments and glad you found our service helpful! Hope you enjoyed your stay in this stunning castle and we look forward to hearing from you again in the future if we can help with any further holiday plans!

Scotts Castle Holidays

2nd April 2014 Great 


Thanks for your feedback, glad your group enjoyed their stay in this beautiful castle and hope we can help again with any future holiday plans!

Scotts Castle Holidays

21st March 2014 Excellent 

We had a fantastic time very clean well looked after property. Very warm with the underfloor heating and the owner couldn't do enough for us. We will stop again sometime as the standard of the property was excellent. If you are reading my feedback and wondering wether this is worth going to. Make the decision and go, you will not be disappointed it's 5 star very big and very warm. At Andrews is well worth a trip to also as it's just 13 min drive. Thanks escrow for the magnificent and special castle you have bought back from ruin.

Thanks so much for your fantastic feedback! We will certainly pass your comments onto the owner and it sounds like you all had a brilliant time.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Scotts Castle Holidays

31st August 2013 Great 

Fantastic castle great for family / friend get togethers etc. 2 huge rooms for dancing, parties etc. endless hot water .v well equipped but NEEDS MUGS!!!! V helpful owner and keyholder/housekeeper. We will be back

Many thanks for your feedback, lovely to hear the celebrations went well and that you’d consider booking the property again. Your comment regarding activities has been marked for an internal review. Please accept our apologies.

Scotts Castle Holidays

31st July 2013 Excellent 

Dairsie Castle is a dream holiday if you are looking to stay in a castle! However, the owners could make the bedrooms/bathrooms more luxurious so that holiday guests could gush over them. The beds/mattresses in all the bedrooms could be updated. Two of the beds in two of the bedrooms were box springs with just a mattress pad covering them! Ugh, who knew and how embarrassing! The guests that stayed in those beds complained about their sleep everyday! Please, folks at Dairsie, update the beds! The bathrooms are in definite need of updating! Standing showers would be ideal! If there was a way to make the kitchen a little bigger then that should be done as well. It would have been nice to have a longer table in the kitchen, so that, if you had 11 people...then all 11 people could sit in there. You could probably knock out that island that the phone sits on. Maybe move the refrigerator into the laundry room. Finally, as we had elderly people with us...make use of that elevator! My father-in-law never stepped above the kitchen level as he couldn't handle the stairs. I would definitely return to Dairsie someday if it were updated!

Thank you for your message, Dairsie certainly is an authentic castle experience! I’m afraid the elevator is not advertised or included as part of the booking, however we are glad to hear you had an enjoyable holiday. All customer feedback is very important to us and your comments have been passed to the owner of the property.

Scotts Castle Holidays

29th May 2013 Excellent 

We had an excellent stay at Dairsie Castle. what a setting! Facilities were all excellent. Very much liked the outdoor games/balls etc which were provided. Enjoyed being met at the property by the owner - it gave it a more personal feel and it was nice to meet the owner and tell them directly what a great weekend we had.

Thank you for your feedback, it is always helpful to gain first-hand experience from our clients and we are so pleased you found the website and booking process helpful!

Fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your holiday at the Dairsie Castle. We shall certainly pass your comments onto the owner and if you would like to re book again through Scotts Castle Holidays, don't forget to claim your loyalty discount next time! (T&C's apply)

Kind Regards,


Scotts Castle Holidays

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