Historic Scotland

Opening times

April 1 – October 31 from 09:30 – 17:00.



Puzzle over the eccentricities of this gentry tower house with a difference.

Scotstarvit Castle isn’t your usual 1500s tower house. There’s no kitchen, one floor has no fireplace, and another has no windows, despite the castle’s impressive location overlooking the River Eden and Craigrothie Burn.

It was the property of Edinburgh lawyer and mild eccentric Sir John Scot, who rebuilt an earlier tower house to the form we see today. A poet and patron of the arts, Sir John’s quirky outlook is reflected in his rebuilt tower.