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What is Kinross House?

A historic 17th-century Palladian country house, which is today still owned privately and also used as an exclusive venue for luxury vacations and events.

Where is Kinross House?

We are fortunate to be located in this enchanting area of central Scotland, a world away from the hustle and bustle of normal life, yet the capital city of Scotland is only 40 minutes away, and Edinburgh airport can be reached in about 30 minutes. The historic seaside town of St. Andrews is only some 45 minutes away and Glasgow is about 60 minutes away. Given our proximity to our main airports, the estate offers an ideal location for those not wanting to spend too much time travelling during their visit to Scotland.

At the same time, our location offers you the opportunity to explore all that Scotland has to offer, from our historic cities to castles to golf courses to whisky distilleries. Many popular activities can be reached within an easy drive time.

Who owns Kinross House?

Kinross House remained in the Montgomery family until 2011, when Mr. Fothergill acquired the property and still owns it today.

How old is Kinross House?

Sir William Bruce created the designed landscape and planted the formal gardens in 1675, ten years before construction of Kinross House itself began, so that once the house was complete it would be set in a mature landscape. Construction of the house commenced in 1685.

Who designed Kinross House?

The house has a magnificent history, designed by Sir William Bruce in 1685 as his own home. Sir William Bruce is regarded as the founder of classical architecture in Scotland, a career politician, merchant and gentleman architect who played his part in early 17th century royal and political intrigues. He was architect to King Charles II and amongst other renowned architectural projects, was responsible for rebuilding the Royal Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh between 1674 and 1679, and adding major alterations to Thirlestane Castle, Hopetoun House and Caroline Park.

Who has owned Kinross House?

Following the Sir William Bruce dynasty, the estate was purchased by George Graham in 1777 and passed through marriage to the Montgomery family. It remained in the family until 2011 when Mr. Fothergill acquired the property.

When was Kinross House renovated?

When Mr. Fothergill purchased the house in 2011, this heralded the beginning of a total renovation project of a magnitude that can only be described as a labour of love. Teams of specialists were carefully picked to return this magnificent building to its former glory whilst also providing it with state-of-the-art capability.

The restoration work was completed in 2013 and the property was winner of the prestigious Historic Houses Association and Sotheby’s UK Restoration Award of the year. No expense has been spared to make this breath-taking property reflect Sir William Bruce’s vision for opulent entertaining which will only be seen and experienced by the few.

Is Kinross House only available for exclusive use?

Yes, the estate offers five star exclusive hire of Kinross House and our Coach House & Spa; hiring the full Estate offers complete privacy

Can you visit Loch Leven Castle?

Kinross House Estate sits on the west shores of Loch Leven. The Estate itself features woodland walkways, spectacular landscaped gardens and manicured lawns, plus the private Loch Leven Castle island. Loch Leven is Scotland’s largest lowland freshwater loch with excellent trout fishing and is a designated National Nature Reserve.

Loch Leven Castle is now a ruined castle on an island in Loch Leven. Dating back to 1300, the island has infamously been linked to many historical events over the years. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned on the island between 1567–1568, and forced to abdicate as queen, before escaping with the help of her gaoler's family. The island was bought in 1675 by Sir William Bruce, who used the castle as a focal point to create his garden at Kinross House, and since then it has never again been used as a dwelling residence. For guests interested in exploring the ruins and island, we work with local partners to schedule trips during certain times of the year.

How many bedrooms does Kinross House have?

The estate can sleep up to 48 in 24 bedrooms: Kinross House has 14 uniquely designed ensuite bedrooms and The Coach House provides a further 10 individually designed ensuite bedrooms.

Can anyone use the spa at Kinross House?

Guests from the public can book in for treatments & day spa packages. Alternatively, clients staying on the estate can choose to reserve the spa for private use.

How do I get to Kinross House?

Kinross House is situated 25 miles North of Edinburgh in the direction of Perth.  From either direction, take Junction 6 off the M90. From Edinburgh, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A977 signposted “Kinross, Milnathort”. Continue onto the A922 towards Kinross until you reach Station Road (the B918). At the junction with the High Street, turn right. Turn left onto Avenue Road and you will see Kinross House entrance gate. Chauffeur and taxi transfers can be arranged on request.

Kinross House is located within 30 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh Airport. On arrival at the airport onward travel can be by road (see above) or rail (see below). Transfers can be arranged on request.

Edinburgh Airport has its own separate terminal for private jet arrivals. Additionally, Fife airfield is just 15 minutes from Kinross House and also welcomes private jets.

Kinross House is approximately 20 minutes from Inverkeithing Station. The station is on the mainline from King's Cross to Aberdeen and is also accessible via other mainline routes. Please visit Scotrail’s website to plan your journey.

Kinross House has its own helipad (large enough for several helicopters to arrive). Private helicopters are always welcome by prior arrangement, alternatively the team at the house are happy to assist with the booking of a hired helicopter.

We are very happy to assist with chauffeur and coach transfers.

Is there parking available at Kinross House?

Yes, we have plenty of complimentary onsite parking.

What is the dress code for Kinross House?

As the house is completely private for you, dress code is entirely up to you and can be as formal or informal as guests prefer.

Is there a minimum night stay?

We generally request a minimum 2 night stay for all our bookings.