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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.

Historic Scotland

Opening times

Internal access to the tower:

1 Apr to 30 Sept
Daily, 9.30am to 5pm 

Access to the parapet must be arranged in advance. Please call Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse on 01334 653 127 to organise. 

1 Oct to 31 Mar


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