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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 2 days ago

We took a couple of hours to visit this castle as it was local to us in Perth. It was worth a couple of hours but needs no more. Great views from the top of the castle and free apples in season.

Thank jud9e_man
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the castle and grounds. Lovely to see the orchard trees laden with fruit some of which we were invited to take away free from a bowl in the gift shop. The castle is also highly interesting with fantastic views from the top.

Thank Sam12340
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went with my brother to visit this castle.although it was inhabitable it was great walking about the place. The castle had a roof and windows.it had many nooks and crannies indoors to explore.it also has a orchard but you are not allowed to pick...More

Thank Heather G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Off the beaten track - but well signposted - Elcho Castle was well worth a visit. Access to all rooms and levels parts was safe and easy ... for able-bodied visitors. Information boards were well written, illustrated and informative. Views from the top were wonderful...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Having lived within 10 miles for ten years we made our first visit this week. Exceeded our expectations. Gave a real insight into life in the long ago days. Well with a visit.

Thank UnhappyCustomer001
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We visisted Elcho Castle last Saturday morning and were given a warm welcome by Lesley who was on duty. The castle itself, though in ruins, stands on a very pretty spot overlooking the "silvery Tay" (as William McGonagal put it) and offers beautiful vistas out...More

Thank gpm75015
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Had a great visit to Elcho Castle yesterday Wonderful castle, mainly under cover (just in case of a shower in Scotland) with lots of nooks and crannies to explore and stunning views from the rooftop walk. We even stayed for our picnic Staff were really...More

Thank NeilJ_12Edinburgh
Reviewed 2 August 2017

This castle was lovely and sits on Tay river bank. Not much area to park, and you drive on winding roads to get to it. When we arrived the shop/tickets was closed for lunch but it had a sign saying pay on exit in the...More

Thank Diane f
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

A beautiful castle on the bank of the river Tay. A well kept ruin with access to almost all areas. This picturesque castle will really jog your imagination into looking back in time to when it was bustling lively home. The views around the castle...More

Thank cozhaines
Reviewed 18 July 2017

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
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5 August 2017|
Response from John A | Reviewed this property |
Rhynd is very small not even a village! and you would be at least 1 hr from Edinburgh. Edinburgh Airport is closest but accessing the location requires a car Perth is the closest main centre for accommodation etc.
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

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