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Burleigh Castle, Milnathort
Grid reference: NO124048
Location: 56°13’40"N, 3°24’52"W
Post town: Kinross
Postcode: KY13
Dialling code: 01577
Local Government
Council: Perth and Kinross

Milnathort is a small village in the parish of Orwell, Kinross-shire, north of the county town, Kinross.

Milnathort stands amidst picturesque countryside at the foot of the Ochil Hills, and near the north shore of Loch Leven. Recently, it has become easily accessible due to the development of the M90 motorway.

For a small town, Milnathort has a rich history. Settlement in the area can be dated as far back as 2,000 BC, with two Neolithic standing stones being nearby where human remains were found and dated.

The ruins of Burleigh Castle stand just outside the village. The Balfours of Burleigh built the castle in the 15th century to rule over what was then a market town. Its remains of stand just outside of the town.

Another nearby mediæval castle is Loch Leven Castle on an island in the Loch. Robert the Bruce visited in 1313 and 1323, but is most famous for the imprisonment of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1567.


Milnathort's amenities are typical of a small town. It is home to a nine-hole golf course, a large park area, miles of countryside bike paths, a primary school, a range of traditional pubs and cafés and a shop which sells renowned ice-cream. Milnathort also benefits from the nearby amenities of the county town, such as a leisure centre, a doctor's surgery and the Loch Leven Community Campus.


The only school is Milnathort Primary School though the high school is Loch Leven Community Campus.

Notable residents

  • Prof. David Hepburn FRSE - Anatomist, President of the Anatomical Society 1916-1918.
  • Laura Muir - Middle-distance runner
  • Lucinda Russell - 2017 Grand National-winning Horse Trainer