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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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  • Average6%
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Rhynd, Perth PH2 8QQ, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating castle in a superb spot for all to explore and enjoy. The added bonus if you go in the late summer/autumn is that there is a fine orchard that contains over 30 different varieties of apple (and pear) trees - one can collect...More

Thank U8777EAroberts
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

This is a lovely hidden gem. Don't expect anything on the scale of Edinburgh or Stirling but there is no lack of history here. Because it is quiet and not pristine the kids could explore and run around a bit more. We spent a couple...More

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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Was told about this gem by a friend who visited this site. This gem should get more advertising. We were the only people there. Great history in a secluded part of Perthshire.

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Reviewed 31 October 2017

We visited Elcho Castle on a family day out, we were on our way up to the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry and decided to stop for a few adventures on the way. We stopped here and at Huntingtower Castle as they are both relatively close...More

Thank Rachel P
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Great example of a castle with many levels to explore. Kept the kids amused as we wondered what life was like in it's hey day. Would've given 5 stars but the entrance fee was expensive IMHO

Thank Steve M
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Small and interesting. You can imagine how it was lived in..Guide very knowledgeable about orchard, explaining the varieties of apples. Well worth a visit ! Not the biggest castle, but lovely surroundings.

Thank C7AMW
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Wow! What a fabulous castle. So many rooms are still intact. It was a proper home. It has 16 toilets (none working). You can climb up to the roof. There are little rooms and big rooms. It has an excellent guide book. There is an...More

Thank Julie H
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Interesting castle, friendly staff. Would say you only need 1-2 hours for it, don't go thinking it's an all day activity, but would recommend it (there was a primary school group visiting when we went, that would put some people off but I thought it...More

Thank Della967
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

An incredibly well-preserved castle, with plenty to see, nice and friendly staff, and can even take photos of everything!

Thank Mihnea B
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

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
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bponich13
5 August 2017|
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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.
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422Ann
5 February 2016|
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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
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ShyNi
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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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