Places to visit

Kellie Castle & Garden

Kellie Castle & Garden

Medieval atmosphere updated to Victorian style by famous artistic family, the Lorimers

  • Saved from ruin in the late 19th century by an artistic family of architects and artists.

  • Breathe in the heady scents in the Arts & Crafts garden, filled with the fragrance of old roses.

  • Admire the majestic library ceiling – one of the oldest ornamental plaster ceilings in Scotland.

  • Discover the long-concealed mural by Phoebe Anna Traquair.

  • Visit the stables, where there is an exhibition on sculptor Hew Lorimer’s life and see his sculpture studio.

Medieval atmosphere meets Victorian style at Kellie Castle. The oldest parts date back to the 14th century, but the whole interior was overhauled in the late 19th century by famous artistic family the Lorimers.

Crow-stepped gables and fairytale stone towers form the outer frame, while indoors elaborate plaster ceilings and painted panelling lie alongside fine furniture designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, who spent much of his childhood at Kellie Castle. Outside, take a wander through the Arts & Crafts garden, filled with the heavy scent of old roses and magnificent herbaceous borders, along with fruit and vegetables which are all grown organically.