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Sleeps 12 adults
+ 2 children
Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms 5 Pets Not accepted Region Kingdom of Fife Town/village St Andrews
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Restored Fortified Castle, near St Andrews (058)

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.

On offer is a stunning large holiday home venue within 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. Set above woodland on one side and an agricultural setting on the other, the castle has a large lawn area and an orchard within the 8 acres of private grounds, with a wonderful tree-lined driveway that leads you up to the castle. Above the doorway is a motto in Latin - “Dilexi Decorum Domus Tuae” which translated means – “I have loved, oh lord, thy beauty of the house” and your guests will indeed be bowled over when they see what this castle has to offer.

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. Here you will find a warming wood-burning stove and the beginning of the modern and ancient history of the castle. 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 for your guests or for an event. 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.

The perfect spot to host a medieval banquetCarved pillars in the Great HallThe Great Hall from the minstrel's gallery aboveThe perfect spot for an evening drink...The castle is home to some very interesting artwork!The carved pillars and doors in the great hall are magnificent The kitchen is well equipped and also has some breakfasting spaceThe turnpike staircases lead to the upper levels of the castle The TV room is a fun space perfect for the kids! The Gallery Room on the top floor is good for gatheringsThe superb artwork carries on throughout the upper floors of the castle

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, which is a small ante room, is to be found at this level. On the floor above is a smaller sitting room with wide-screen 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 for your group or an event for up to 30 guests on occasion by request. There are two water closets available for guests.

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 dining chairs. According to previous visitors the atmosphere is amazing once you put on with some candles, bring out your feast and add your guests to the mix, which all creates a very special occasion. 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, plasma, 42 inch
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wood burning Stove
 Room 1, 'Dungeon' is a twin room on the ground floor Uniquely round en-suite bathroom for 'Dungeon' twin bedroom Painted scenes of the history of the castle  Room 2, 'Family' bedroom on the second floor, with a double and two single four poster bedsThe family crestEn-suite for 'Family' room with decorated roll top bath Room 3, 'Learmonth' double bedroom The Doocot WashroomRoom 4, 'Spottiswoode' bedroom on the second floor Room 5, 'South Caphouse' bedroom on the third floorThe North Caphouse double room is on the third floor

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 12 + 2

Accommodation is provided for a group of 12 adults and 2 children in 6 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms and 1 shower room, as follows:

Ground floor - ‘Dungeon’ room, vaulted bedroom with zip-and-link double/twin bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin.

Mezzanine level, between First and Second floor – ‘Learmonth’ room, with double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath, w.c and wash hand basin.

Second floor – ‘Family’ room, with four poster double bed and 2 four poster single beds, with allocated area with travel cot, cot and fold-out bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath in central position with window view, with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin; ‘Spottiswoode’ room, with double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin.

Third floor – ‘South Caphouse’ room, twin room with with two single beds; shower room, with small compact shower unit, w.c and wash hand basin; ‘North Caphouse’ room, with double bed.

There are two water closets at first floor level, one on the north side and the other on the south side.

  • 1 Double Or Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 2 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Family With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom With Shared Shower Room
The castle is offered as a stunning holiday homeEntrance to this unique holiday home in central Scotland The castle is beautifully presented inside and outThe beautiful formal gardens This is the ideal location to explore the Kingdom of FifeThis unique restored castle is a memorable venue for groups of 14

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. Marquees and Yurts have been utilised here in recent years for events and to do so requires permission sought in advance before booking. Located in the countryside 47 miles north east of Edinburgh and 3 miles from Cupar, with a ruined church, railway line and a working farm nearby. 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 Swilcan 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. Travelling to Edinburgh could not be easier by train.


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 and central heating are included within the rental, with an initial supply of logs available for the wood-burning stove.

Under-floor heating is provided at first floor level only.

Notes & Warnings

Please note that some doorways are less than 5 ft 10 inches in height and that the two turnpike staircases may not suitable for the elderly or unsupervised children or toddlers. This is a building with a lot of steps and stairs.

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

The owner wishes to personally collect a £500 fully refundable security bond from guests directly, within 7 days of the holiday. She will liaise with the group booker prior to the holiday to arrange payment terms. The owner will be responsible for fully refunding the security bond within 7 days of the holiday end date, subject to the property being left in an acceptable condition on departure.

The Internet Access is Unlimited use, with good coverage throughout the castle, even with the thick walls.

Please note that whilst wedding parties and events are allowed, ALL events needs be discussed in advance prior to booking as additional charges may be applicable. This includes functions, graduation events and any event that is over and above the advertised capacity of the castle.

Strictly no fireworks or Chinese Lanterns are allowed.

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 1.1 miles Nearest supermarket 3 miles Nearest pub 1.1 miles
Nearest Airport
Edinburgh 44 miles
Nearest Train Station
Cupar 3 miles
A trip to nearby St Andrews is a mustOr recreate that 'Chariots of Fire' scene at the sands at St AndrewsScottish Deer Centre in Cupar is a treat for the familyScottish Deer Centre in Cupar


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5th October 2018 Excellent 

Everyone in our family from toddlers to grandparents LOVED staying in the castle. A highlight of our two weeks in Scotland. The location and the amenities were perfect for our group. I would absolutely recommend this castle to anyone and can only dream that we would have the opportunity to return again. Thank you! What a treasure!

Service rating : Thanks for your feedback and yes, we recognise where owners choose to market their properties across multiple sites the availability will not be as accurate as the calendars we manage ourselves. Fortunately this issue falls on a minority of owners with whom we work hard with to keep their calendars up to date. I'm glad we were able to help find you some dates that were free to book, it's a very popular property and availability can change on an hourly rate!
Product : Delighted to hear the holiday was a memorable one for you and your family. Castle holidays are a very unique experience and we're lucky to have one of the largest selections to choose from in Scotland.

10th June 2018 Excellent 

Dairsie castle is awesome

Service rating : Thank you.

Product : We think so too! Glad to hear you had a good time. Don't forget to ask us about our Loyalty Discount next time you book.

29th September 2016 Great 

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.

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 Excellent 

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

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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