If you would like a castle break in Scotland for a family stay, with easy access to St Andrews, Edinburgh and the Highlands of Scotland, Dairsie Castle might just be the perfect historic location for you.
The first documented reference for Dairsie Castle goes back to 1160, then in the 14th century Bishop Lamberton rebuilt the castle, and in 1335 a Parliament of Scotland was held at the castle. One of the topics on the agenda was to decide on a strategy to meet the invasion of Edward III.
The castle was rebuilt in the 16th century by the Learmonth family...this is starting to sound like a Medieval 'Grand Designs'; not sure what Kevin McCloud would have made of this! James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, then regent of Scotland, laid siege to the castle in 1575. King James VI of Scotland stayed at Dairsie Castle in 1583, following his escape from the Raid of Ruthven in June 1583. Dairsie Castle became a ruin in the 19th century, and here we go again...another rebuild in the 1990’s.