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Elcho Castle

Rhynd, Perth PH2 8QQ, Scotland
+44 1738 639998
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Elcho Castle is a handsome and complete 16th century fortified mansion with three projecting towers on the banks of the River Tay. This is a castle to explore. Parade up the grand staircase or scurry up the service stair, venture into the well-appointed kitchen and admire the views over the countryside from the high battlements. The remarkably complete house of the 1500s was the country retreat of the wealthy Wemyss family. Its orchard has been replanted with traditional varieties of apple, pear and plum and has become a haven for butterflies and wildlife. The castle still has in place original wrought iron grilles to protect the windows. The interior is complete and roofed, with remains of decorated plasterwork.
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Rhynd, Perth PH2 8QQ, Scotland
+44 1738 639998

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spend the afternoon exploring the castle, we loved it. It stands mostly empty, but a true castle with a sense of its history. Lovely roof views!

Thank K B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

... A superb castle and very well preserved, with an amazing rooftop view. Historic Scotland's Alison was brilliant, knowledgeable and friendly, and excellent with my daughter. Elcho is very kid friendly too, with a discovery quiz and dressy up box of period clothes for the...More

Thank AndrewJHood
Reviewed 15 June 2017

After travelling down the windy road you stumble upon this now ruinous Elcho Castle. Dating from the 1560 onwards, Elcho Castle features the option of going to the top to view the township for miles around and there is also a vineyard next door. This...More

Thank Paul I
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Super quiet spot with plenty of space for picnic and relaxing. Many different features to explore and try to understand. I took several wrong turns trying to get up onto the roof.

Thank Ian R
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

If your idea of a castle is one with lots of nooks and crannies then Elcho Castle is the one for you. Could do need a car (or taxi) to get you there though - it's not far from Perth, but a little out of...More

Thank penguinbairn
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Alison from Historic Scotland was a tremendous source of insight into the castle's history. Loved the castle and the history attached to it. A must see and we are so glad to have made the trek there.

Thank J H
Reviewed 15 May 2017

What a gem of a find. Worth going off the beaten track to discover. A very well preserved and presented Historic Scotland property. Should be better promoted but there are no brochures on this specific property. Children would love the many rooms and areas to...More

Thank John A
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

I went to Scotland for the castles and history but my wife prefers gardens. Elcho Castle did an excellent job in presenting its history and that of Scotland. It also is situated next to a beautiful body of water and has a nice path with...More

Thank TravelerMike9999
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Phone ahead to check opening before travelling to this castle. We have been disappointed more than once. We visited april 4th 2017 to find the castle closed (later found out staff member off sick) last summer we visited late afternoon and hoped to stay to...More

Thank tabelmabel
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

This castle is a hidden gem and well worth a visit. It's a bit off the beaten track, however it's incredibly well preserved and there are lots of 'nooks and crannies' to explore. The staff were also very helpful and well informed. We would definitely...More

Thank Ros K
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5 February 2016|
Response from BobNewtonMearns | Reviewed this property |
The castle is open during the summer months only. It's open daily, but seems to close for lunch most days. When we were there, lunch was 1-2pm. You can wander round the grounds while it's closed though. There are picnic... More
11 January 2016|
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Response from tabelmabel | Reviewed this property |
No. a taxi from perth centre would be your best bet. not sure if village of rhynd is served by any bus. It's only three quarters of a mile from rhynd village itself. so easily walkable. There are definitely buses from perth... More