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Balvaird Castle

Balvaird Castle Description

Balvaird Castle is an attractive tower house perched on a low knoll of the eastern Ochil Hills. It is reached by a track from the public road.

Built with sandstone dressings, the tower is complete but only open occasionally.

The courtyard buildings are accessible, but are in ruins. The tower is of the L-plan, with entrance door in the re-entrant. The wall-head has a corbelled parapet, and the turret corbels have small faces below them.

Another carved face is located on the north wall. Within the hall is an aumbry that was probably taken from a monastery. There is a pit in the vaulted ground floor, and the latrines are all connected to one chute, flushed with water, which is diverted, from the roof.

A cap-house at the top of the stairway gives access to the parapet walk. To the east of the castle is the former pleasance, or orchard, and the garden lies to the south.

Short History

Balvaird Castle was built by Sir Andrew Murray in 1500. The courtyard range and vaulted gateway were added in 1567, with guardroom.

The Murrays became Viscounts Stormont and Earls of Mansfield, moving to Scone Palace, but this castle remains in their ownership, though it is in state care.

Balvaird Castle Map&Location

Balvaird Castle is situated in the region of Perthshire, on the A912 road, between Gateside and Aberagie. Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:

Geographic Coordinates: 56.2889, -3.3428

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Balvaird Castle Photos

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Balvaird Castle and grounds
Balvaird Castle ruins
Balvaird Castle grounds
Balvaird Castle
Balvaird Castle Gate House
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