Balfour Castle Orkney Islands, Scotland

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"I can't be clever, only sincere. This has been as close to magic and heaven as I can remember. So much thanks to all the incredible staff. I'll never forget it nor will I ever top it."

Tuck Langhand

Balfour Castle was the creation of two distinguished men; David Balfour, the 4th Laird of Balfour and Trenaby and David Bryce, the pre-eminent Scottish architect of his generation and leading exponent of the Scottish Baronial style.

In 1847 the foundations for Balfour Castle were put in place and the castle was completed three years later. This is a rare example of a calendar house originally planned with 7 turrets, 12 external doors, 52 rooms and 365 sections of window. You imagine the views!

Every room has a distinct feel, masterfully created by the choice of antiques with Balfour provenance and the bespoke De Gournay silk wallpaper. Chandeliers and opulent mirrors reflect the light of this ethereal island perfectly. The tactile and cool marble surfaces are contrasted against the warm richness of the fabrics from the deepest pile imaginable carpets to the pure wool comfort of their Scottish bed throws. Quiet spaces with writing desks or bureaus are found in every room perfect for reflective moments. All our bathrooms have luxury Heaven toiletries, linen robes and slippers for the pleasure and comfort of our guests.

Balfour Castle is located on Shapinsay, one of the Orkney Islands, just a short distance from the north- east coast of the Scottish mainland. This may sound remote, however, it is relatively easy to get amazing island location - commercial flights come from Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen and Glasgow or chartered private planes can take you direct to the airport just outside Kirkwall on the Orkney mainland. A helicopter can land on the front lawn by prior arrangement, but better still, jump on the castles own boat, Reggie, and arrive at the castle in style.

Balfour Castle will offer you perfect seclusion, relaxation and luxury on your very own Scottish Island.

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