Scotstarvit Tower

Fife | Craigrothie | Castle | ★★

[Scotstarvit Tower]

Despite slightly awkward access arrangements, Scotstarvit Tower is well worth nipping over to from nearby Hill of Tarvit - you have to pick up the key from there to access the top of the tower anyway. Turn the key, lift the latch (or something) and hey presto: it's almost like you're the owner of a 16th century tower house, originally built by the Inglis family but significantly altered by Sir John Scot after he bought the estate in 1611. The 6 floors are rather bare in layout - apparently reflecting the character of the later owner - but well preserved thanks to Historic Environment Scotland, and you can climb all the way up. Surrounding trees make taking photos of the exterior quite tricky, with the best view probably from the approach track.

[View from close up]

Location & info

📌 Scotstarvit Tower ★★
Off the A916 1 mi north of Craigrothie, G.R.: NO 370113 ///windmills.remarked.indicated
Open daily, April to September. For parapet access, contact Hill of Tarvit (slightly different opening times - see above) | Free

💬 Nearest parking is at the A916 road junction at G.R.: NO 373115 ///rocky.prawn.swarm - from here it's a 10-min walk to the tower along a track.


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