Hives on BalcaskieFresh-cut silage in front of Kellie LawOver Kellie in the snow (2013)Kellie Castle in the January snow (2013)Luing Cattle enjoy the best view in the East Neuk (August 2012)A summer's day at BalcaskieBalcaskie EstateSheep in a designed landscapeSwallows help with the pest-control at BalcaskieRoe deer make their way through the January snowA swallow hunts for flies in the duskA late spring dusting of snow on Kellie LawIsle of May at dusk, from over CarnbeeRoe Deer in the snow (2013)


Copper in the Kitchen

The Anstruther family has been rooted in the East Neuk since the 12th Century, with Balcaskie becoming its home at the end of the 17th Century.  The relationship between the Estate and its surrounding community has always been important and remains so.

Today the estate includes an active in-hand, mixed-use farm, tenanted and partnership farms, houses, cottages and livery stables.   Through our own in-hand farm and working with our tenants and partners, we are a source of quality beef, breeding sheep, wheat, barley, rape seed oil, potatoes and farm vegetables.  If you are interested, you can read more about our farming here.  We are also a source of wild game and firewood.

We have a close relationship with our neighbour, the National Trust for Scotland’s Kellie Castle, and we work together to maintain and enhance the landscape and gardens at both Kellie Castle and Balcaskie.   

Balcaskie House is largely the creation of William Bruce, who made it his home around the time he was architect to the King for Holyrood Palace.  Bruce went on to design Kinross House, Hopetoun House and several other of Scotland’s most important buildings.  Later additions to the house were by Burn, who was also a prominent Scottish architect and was involved in the later stages of the design of the Wallace Monument, at Stirling, as well as several other notable homes and other buildings in Fife.

In 1905 George Elgood wrote that Balcaskie was 'one of the best and most satisfying gardens in the British Isles'.  Over the centuries, the gardens have seen input from Gilpin, Bryce & Nesfield – find out more here.

The house and gardens remain a private family home, although the gardens are open annually as part of the Scottish Garden Scheme

"The relationship between the Estate and its surrounding community has always been important and remains so"

Currently available at Balcaskie

Balcaskie Estate provides a wide selection of cottages & houses set within the estate and managed by our resident factor. We also have a growing number of small workshops and other commercial premises to let; whether you are seeking a workshop for joinery or a micro-brewery contact us and we will be pleased to help.

The Mill Ring

5 Bedroom Semi Detached Steading Conversion

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