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Piteadie Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Burntisland, Kinghorn and Western Kirkcaldy, Fife

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Latitude: 56.0892 / 56°5'20"N

Longitude: -3.195 / 3°11'41"W

OS Eastings: 325741

OS Northings: 689128

OS Grid: NT257891

Mapcode National: GBR 28.N86F

Mapcode Global: WH6S0.W6RT

Entry Name: Piteadie Castle

Scheduled Date: 30 December 1936

Last Amended: 27 September 2017

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM871

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Kinghorn

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Burntisland, Kinghorn and Western Kirkcaldy

Traditional County: Fife


The monument is the remains of Piteadie Castle, a late medieval tower house. The castle survives as a rectangular tower with a later stair tower which projects from the northeast elevation. It is located on the south eastern flank of a low hill with wide southerly views over the Forth.

The tower consists of three storeys to wall head with an attic within the roof. The tower measures approximately 10.5m southwest-northeast by 8.5m transversely, the later projecting stair wing projects approximately a further 1.4m on the southeast half of the tower's north eastern elevation. The gable on the northeast side survives to its full height, as does the four-storey projecting stair wing.

The tower has at least two distinct phases of construction, the earliest dating to the late 15th to early 16th century. In this phase the tower was entered at first floor level as indicated by the blocked entrance. The survival of corbels below this entrance indicate that there would have been a timber fore-stair. In the late 16th/early 17th century a stair tower was added to access the main floors. Above this level, the stair tower is corbelled out and contains further rooms accessed by a circular stair. The windows in the southeast elevation were also enlarged at this time.

The scheduled area is irregular on plan to include the remains described above as shown in red on the accompanying map. It does not include the remains of the later building attached to the northeast elevation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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