Location : about a mile from the main rail station at Markinch and close to the M90
Details : a 14th century tower house of five storeys, with walls up to 2.4 metres thick Incorporating a large hall, a chapel and a vaulted basement. Built by the Sibbalds but passed at the end of the 15th century to Sir Robert Lundie by marriage. In 1716, the castle was captured and set on fire by Rob Roy MacGregor and his clansmen. It was in a poor state of repair in the 1950s but has been subsequently restored by the “Laird of Balgonie”, who today not only escorts visitors around his castle but hires it out as a romantic setting for weddings and other functions. A detailed history may be found http://www.balgoniecastle.co.uk/main/history.htm
Paranormal Phenomena : The castle is reputed to have at least 11 different ghosts, amongst whom are A ghostly old man, a head and a collar, a hooded figure, a man dressed in medieval clothing, a 17th century soldier and a phantom dog. The most celebrated is a “Green Lady” type of ghost “recorded in 1842 as being a well known phantom”. Her apparition has been witnessed many times in recent years and is alleged to have been captured on a digital photograph taken by a guest at a wedding held in the castle.
The Great Hall seems to be the main focus of activity, for the sightings there have included indistinct shapes and disembodied voices engaged in muffled conversation. Other apparitions at Balgonie include a soldier.