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Balfour Castle

Listed under Unusual Places to Stay in Scotland, United Kingdom.

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There's been a castle on this spot for longer, but this version of Europe's most northern castle was built in 1847; commissioned by David Bryce. Balfour was designed by an architect from Edinburgh, and it has the same pale grey stone, rounded turrets and towers and hint of Gothic that he city has.

This is a really private place, firstly the only way to reach it is via a 20 minute ferry ride from Kirkwall, then you're staying with members of the family who now own the castle and use it as their family home – sadly Balfours no longer, the final Balfour died in 1960 with no heirs – and there's only room for 12 guests. Each room is slightly different, but there are four poster and brass beds throughout and ensuites in most rooms. The castle also has a conservatory, a gallery, a library and drawing and dining rooms and a bar.

The castle has a chapel, which makes it ideal for weddings.

Written by  Jemima Jones.

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