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Wemyss Castle, Fife

Location: Red House, East Wemyss, Kirkcaldy KY1 4TE (map and directions)

Wemyss Castle, which overlooks the Firth of Forth, is a privately owned residence which, since its royal connection to Mary Queen of Scots, has received royal visits throughout the years, including the Queen. Two interesting points of note are the tower re-used as a windmill and an egg-shaped dungeon within the castles which is connected to the building by a 30m zigzag passage.

Wemyss Castle, Fife copyright Jim Bain
Wemyss Castle © Jim Bain

History of Wemyss Castle

Situated on cliffs between East Wemyss and West Wemyss in Fife, Wemyss Castle was built in 1421 by Sir John Wemyss and is known as the ancient seat of the Earls of Wemyss. Wemyss Castle is perhaps better known, however, as the location where Lord Darnley met his future wife, Mary Queen of Scots in 1565.

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