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Moonzie, Fife

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Lordscairnie Castle is an historic 15th century B listed castle restoration set in about 29.62 acres (11.99 ha)


Lordscairnie Castle enjoys an idyllic setting within the open countryside of north Fife. The castle sits in a sheltered position at the base of the Colluthie Valley and is surrounded by rolling hills and agricultural farm land.

Fife is famous for its picturesque coast line, fishing villages, fertile land and of course Golf, with over 20 courses within a short drive including Kingsbarns, Lundin Links and The Old Course in St Andrews.

Cupar (2.5 miles) is the nearest town offering an excellent array of both business and leisure facilities. These include travel services in the form of bus and train links, primary and secondary schooling and a wide range of shopping facilities which include a post office, banks, chemists and super markets.

As well as nearby schooling in Cupar a number of private schools are within a daily commute distance including Glenalmond, Strathallan and Kilgraston.

The castle is highly accessible with the M90 nearby and Dundee only 11 miles to the north. Edinburghs international Airport is only 40 miles away otherwise Dundee Airport has regular fights to London. Perth is also within an easy drive giving road links into the Highlands of Scotland for further sporting and leisure interests.


Lordscairnie Castle was built in the late 15th Century (circa 1493 1498) by Sir Alexander Lindsay, the seventh Earl of Crawford, who at the time was one of the most powerful noblemen in Scotland. The castle was an important centre for the Lindsay clans operations and aspirations in central Scotland enjoying a colourful history. The various intrigues include raiding of the castle, house arrests and conflicts with the Bishop of St Andrews. The castle was abandoned in the mid 17th Century and was utilised by the local congregation as a church until the end of the 17th Century. The castle has been unoccupied since then with ownership transferred to the Earl of Glasgow in the 1840s, then by a succession of local farmers before it became the property of the existing owner. One of the most enduring legends is that it is the hiding place for ill-gotten treasure but unfortunately, nothing of any significant value has come to light so far.


Lordscairnie Castle is an L plan tower house from the 15th Century. The massive walls are over six feet thick in many places and when restored it would be five stories tall, rising to a level of 65 feet. The restoration of the castle would provide an extensive floor area providing an excellent mix of living and bedroom accommodation. This is indeed a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of Scottish history and to form a unique home in an unrivalled settin.


The grounds of Lordscairnie Castle extended to approximately 29.62 acres, or thereby, which are mainly in grass and also feature a large pond on the northern perimeter of the subjects. The pond features extensive reed beds and is home to approximately fifty different species of birds.


From Edinburgh cross the Forth Road bridge into Fife and travel north on the M90. Turn off at junction 8, signposted A91 St Andrews. Follow this road to Cupar. On entering Cupar and travelling past Elmwood College on the left, turn first left onto the A913. Follow this road for approximately 2 miles and take the turning on the right hand side signposted for Moonzie. Lordscairnie Castle is situated on the left hand side approximately half a mile from the A91.


Strictly by appointment with Smiths Gore Edinburgh office.

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