The most northerly exclusive-use castle in the world, Balfour is a magnificent and unique place to visit. It is a rare example of a “Calendar House” – originally planned with 7 turrets, 12 external doors, 52 rooms and 365 window panes and was built in 1845 for David Balfour by the eminent Scottish Baronial architect David Bryce.

The Castle is first and foremost a family home, which has been beautifully preserved and has retained every bit of its original majesty and charm.

The two otters that adorn the Balfour family coat of arms are depicted throughout the Castle, set in stone and carved into wood.

Shapinsay is also home to wild otters, sometimes spotted on the Castle lawn or seen on the shore.

The Balfour Estate boasts one of the finest shooting estates in the world. Today, Shapinsay is spoken of in hushed tones in elite sporting circles, as the name has become synonymous with the unpredictable but utterly addictive sport of wildfowling.

Each luxury bedroom is unique in its décor and has individual charm with De Gournay silk wallpaper adorning the walls and the comfort of Vi-spring mattresses for the ultimate night’s sleep.
 
All rooms have classic views of either the formal gardens, the surrounding woodland or out over the sea. “Our rooms have all the trappings of modern day comfort whilst still retaining their Victorian heritage and splendour.”

Bathe in a slipper or roll-top bath or revive yourself beneath our Victorian rose-head showers for the perfect start to your day. Slip off for a decadent mid-day nap and enjoy the tranquility of your island surroundings.

Call our team of sporting professionals direct on +44 (0)1738 451 600 or make an enquiry through our contact form. Enquire
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Balfour Castle - Estate Info

The most northerly exclusive-use castle in the world, Balfour is a magnificent and unique place to visit. It is a rare example of a “Calendar House” – originally planned with 7 turrets, 12 external doors, 52 rooms and 365 window panes and was built in 1845 for David Balfour by the eminent Scottish Baronial architect David Bryce.

The Castle is first and foremost a family home, which has been beautifully preserved and has retained every bit of its original majesty and charm.

The two otters that adorn the Balfour family coat of arms are depicted throughout the Castle, set in stone and carved into wood.

Shapinsay is also home to wild otters, sometimes spotted on the Castle lawn or seen on the shore.

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