7 Scottish castles that are almost affordable (thanks in part to Brexit)


Earlshall Castle, Fife
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The immediate aftermath of Junes shock Brexit result saw the pound crash to lows notseen in 30 years against the dollar, which means investing inprime pieces ofScotland’shistory just got that much more affordable(for Americans, at least).

Although the prospect of a second Scottish referendum on independence may temper the future,hereare seven castles to dream on now.

Earlshall Castle, Fife

Earlshall Castle, Fife

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Price upon request
10Bedrooms
6Bathrooms
53 Acres

Earlshall Castle is promoted asone of the best-kept 16th century houses in Scotlandand comes with its own library and billiard room and ishome to arenownedSir Robert Lorimer-designedwalled garden.

According to Savillstheagents handling the saleEarlshall is believed to have taken its name from the site of a hunting lodge owned by the Earls of Fife, relatives of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland.

One of the castles highlights is the 50-foot Long Gallery, which bares the coats of arms of the principal noble families of Scotland, painted with black and graytempera.

Duchray Castle, Stirling

Duchray Castle, Stirling

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1.75 million ($2.3 million)
4Bedrooms
4 Bathrooms, 3 additional WCs
80 Acres

Duchray Castletraces its history back to the 16th century and sits in the middle of 80 acres of its own grounds,which features agate lodge, stables, tennis court, and12 miles of fishing rights.

A full refurbishment was carried out by the present owners in 2010, using local materials where possible.

Tower of Lethendy, Perthshire

Tower of Lethendy, Perthshire

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4.6 million ($6.1 million)
8Bedrooms
7Bathrooms
39 Acres

Tower of Lethendy, as it it stands today, incorporates the original laird’s house dating from about 1570. Later parts of the house werebuilt in Scottish Baronial style. With award-winning stonework and recent modernization, the multi-turreted property is a comfortable family home.

Along with an outdoor heated pool and two tennis courts, golfenthusiasts will appreciate its very own (and challenging) 18-hole course.

Orchil Castle, Perthshire

Orchil Castle, Perthshire

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1.45 million ($1.9 million)
7Bedrooms
3Bathrooms
21Acres

Orchil Castleis set on 21 acres of parkland with panoramic views over its own loch and the Ochil Hills.

The property has good access to the Highlands, with hill walking, mountaineering, and skiing all available to the north. The world-renownedGleneagles Hotel, with two-Michelin-starred dining,is just sixmiles away.

Cleish Castle, Kinross-shire

Cleish Castle, Kinross-shire

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1.5 million ($2 million)
8Bedrooms
5 Bathrooms
26Acres

Cleish Castle is a 16th century tower house of which the origins are uncertain, but the first recorded owner was the Meldrum family. The current owners purchased Cleish in 1993 and have set out on a comprehensive restoration of the castle and grounds.

Each floor is linked by a spiral staircase, one the most impressivefeatures of the castle.

The estate’s gardens, which have been restored over the past20 years,were originally laid out in the early 1600s.

Balbegno Castle, Aberdeenshire

Balbegno Castle, Aberdeenshire

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595,000 ($790,000)
6Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
20Acres

Owned by the family of four-time British Prime Minister William Gladstone, Balbegno Castle is part of a large Scottish estate thatis on the market as a whole for 9.3 million ($12.3 million), or split into 28 lots, of which this is one.

Of particular note is the castles Great Hall, which has a vaulted stone ceiling depicting the coats of arms of 13 Scottish peers.

Craigcrook Castle, Edinburgh

Craigcrook Castle, Edinburgh

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6 million ($8 million)
6Bedrooms
5 Bathrooms
4Acres

The Grade-B-listed Craigcrook Castlewhich means it isof regional, not just local importance and/or is a major examples of a particular period or styleis situated on 4.4 acres and is just three miles from the center of Edinburgh. The property is beingoffered for sale for the first time in nearly 300 years.

The sale brochure states that the castle was first built in 1542 and extensively remodeled in 1835.

The sellers commentthatthe buildinghas strong links to the literary world, including visits by Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Anderson, George Eliot, and Alfred Lord Tennyson.

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