Swallows help with the pest-control at BalcaskieFresh-cut silage in front of Kellie LawOver Kellie in the snow (2013)Luing Cattle enjoy the best view in the East Neuk (August 2012)Sheep in a designed landscapeRoe Deer in the snow (2013)Isle of May at dusk, from over CarnbeeA swallow hunts for flies in the duskHives on BalcaskieA late spring dusting of snow on Kellie LawBalcaskie EstateRoe deer make their way through the January snowA summer's day at BalcaskieKellie Castle in the January 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"