Blair Castle Is a Category ‘A’ listed building situated on the outskirts of the village of Culross. The Estate was bought by the Fife Coal Company during the First World War to acquire the mineral rights. In 1927 the house and 28 acres of ground were gifted to the Fife, Kinross & Clackmannan Welfare Committee for the use as a convalescent home. The home was named “The Charles Carlow Miners’ Convalescent Home” after the former Managing Director of the Fife Coal Company.

The home initially took 16 men but with the extension of the West Wing in the 1950’s, the capacity was increased to around 70.

As the mining industry declined, other Homes in the surroundings areas began to close and the Carlow Home became available to miners and their families from all over Scotland.

Miners Could be eligible for a convalescent break at Blair castle if they meet the following criteria.


1. You have to had worked in the mining industry or a relative of worker from the Mining Industry.
2. You retired through ill-health from the Mining Industry.
3. You are a carer, dependant or spouse of an eligible mineworker.

If you are unsure of your eligibility to attend the Home, please call to discuss your circumstances, but nowadays we accept miners, their families, close and more distant relatives, friends of miners and anyone willing to accompany a person who is eligible, so they can enjoy a break.