Visitors are invited to rent out pink Scottish castle from Balamory

What’s The Story In Balamory? Now you CAN know (for £1,875-a-night)! Visitors are invited to rent out iconic seven-bed pink Scottish castle from the hit children’s programme

  • Families can reinvent themselves as ancient Scottish royalty in a pink castle from TV show Balamory
  • Fenton Tower in East Lothian, about 20 miles from Edinburgh, is home of Archie the inventor from hit show
  • However, the 20-acre site of the seven-bedroom castle has a history stretching as far back as the 11th Century
  • It was a favourite of King James VI and was sacked by Oliver Crowmell’s armies in the 1650 invasion
  • The tower stood as a ruin for nearly 350 years before its £2m restoration by Ian Simpson and John Macaskill

Families can reinvent themselves as ancient Scottish royalty in a pink castle from the much-loved children’s programme Balamory, available to rent for £1,875 per night. 

Fenton Tower in East Lothian, close to North Berwick and about 20 miles from Edinburgh, is known to most today as the home of Archie the inventor from the hit BBC show.

However, the 20-acre site of the seven-bedroom castle has a history stretching as far back as the 11th Century, and became a favourite of King James VI after it gave him refuge from rebels. 

In 1650, the tower was sacked by Oliver Cromwell’s armies and stood as a ruin for nearly 350 years before its £2million restoration by Ian Simpson and John Macaskill. 

Now a listed ancient monument, groups of 13 can stay at Fenton Tower for £1,875 per night. A listing on website Host Unusual states: ‘Reinvent yourself as ancient Scottish royalty, in a historic castle tower that looks over the majestic countryside of East Lothian.

‘You’ll find you’re in the ideal position to survey your new kingdom, with 360-degree panoramic views of rolling countryside, complete with a host of country activities to enjoy.

‘Opened in 2002 following its stunning restoration, Fenton Tower provides true luxury, five-star accommodation for up to 13 guests. Arriving in style has never been easier, with the castle’s very own private helicopter pad ready and waiting!’

Families can reinvent themselves as ancient Scottish royalty in a pink castle from the much-loved children’s programme Balamory, available to rent for £1,875 per night


Fenton Tower in East Lothian, close to North Berwick and about 20 miles from Edinburgh, is known to most today as the home of Archie the inventor from the hit BBC show Balamory

One of the many bedrooms in Fenton Tower, used in the BBC children’s programme Balamory

The castle’s rustic and stunning living room. Guests can rent the tower for £1,875 per night

Now a listed ancient monument, groups of 13 can stay at Fenton Tower for £1,875 per night

The 20-acre site of the seven-bedroom castle has a history stretching as far back as the 11th Century

Fenton Tower contains more than 7,000 sq ft of living space. The lower ground floor, once the castle vaults, has been turned into an enormous dining room with a curved ceiling and large wooden table surrounded by tartan-covered chairs.

Upstairs, the great hall is used as a living room. Two winding stone staircases in the turrets are used to reach the five main bedrooms, which have ensuite bathrooms and carry names from the tower’s history, including Carmichael, Ruthven and Erskine.  

According to the tower’s website, there has been a fortified tower on this site since the 11th Century, and was  originally chosen because it afforded views in every direction – so that the occupants would have early warning of any attack. 

To the north of Fenton Tower there is a medieval burial site and the remains of the foundations of one of the earliest Christian chapels in Scotland. 

The current tower was built by Patrick Whytelaw in around 1550. But in 1587, ownership of the tower was forfeited to Sir John Carmichael, the Scottish Ambassador to Denmark who was also responsible for policing the borders between Scotland and England.  

Fenton Tower contains more than 7,000 sq ft of living space. Pictured, one of the castle’s many stunning bedrooms

A bathroom with a modern shower and a rustic standing bathtub at Fenton Tower, around 20 miles from Edinburgh

A listing on website Host Unusual states: ‘Reinvent yourself as ancient Scottish royalty, in a historic castle tower that looks over the majestic countryside of East Lothian’

In 1631, the tower passed to Sir John Maxwell of Innerwick. However his enjoyment of the castle was shortlived after Cromwell’s invasion of Scotland in 1650

In 1591, James VI took refuge with the Carmichaels at Fenton Tower as he fled a rebel army in Fife. Upon Sir John’s death, the king granted Fenton Tower to Sir Thomas Erskine, who became Lord Dirleton, Viscount Fenton and later Earl of Kellie. 

In 1631, the tower passed to Sir John Maxwell of Innerwick. However his enjoyment of the castle was shortlived after Cromwell’s invasion of Scotland in 1650.

The surrounding land passed to Sir John Nisbet in 1663, and then on to the Simpson family in the mid-19th Century. Their descendants decided to start the tower’s restoration in 1998, and has since reopened its doors again to the people of Scotland. 

Speaking to The New York Times, Mr Macaskill said: ‘It was wonderful for me to work on this, as these towers are such an interest of mine. 

‘But there was quite a lot to decipher before we could get started. We had to work out what had been there and then adapt it to suit modern needs. But I was very pleased they wanted to put it back as it was and not just stick a glass box onto the side of the ruins.’ 

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