Historic Scotland

Opening times

Exterior can be viewed year-round.

For internal access (April to October only), please call 01241 878 756 in advance to arrange.

 

Overview

Explore the roofless ruin of a 500-year-old tower house. Burleigh Castle was the seat of the Balfours of Burleigh for more than 250 years.

Although the heart of Burleigh Castle is the three-storey tower house, its chief delight is its remarkable corner tower. Round at the base, its rectangular top floor is corbelled out – an eye-catching piece of Jacobean architecture.

The existing stone castle was likely begun in the late 1400s or early 1500s, though there may have been a residence here from the mid-1400s. It was adapted and expanded in the late 1500s. The Balfours lost the land and castle in 1716.