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Huntingtower Castle
Ranked #7 of 51 things to do in Perth
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Owner description: A tale of two families - Huntingtower Castle was a lordly residence for 300 years, from the 15th to the 18th century. It is associated with two noble families: the Ruthvens (later earls of Gowrie) and, following their downfall in 1600, the Murrays (earls of Tullibardine and later dukes of Atholl). Prior to 1600, Huntingtower was known as the Place of Ruthven.Huntingtower has hosted some famous visitors, and been associated with some dramatic events. Mary Queen of Scots stayed here in 1565, during her honeymoon with Lord Darnley. In 1582, Mary’s son, James VI, was held here against his will by the 1st Earl of Gowrie, in a famous episode known as the ‘Ruthven Raid’. With the downfall of the 3rd Earl in 1600, in an equally bizarre episode called the ‘Gowrie Conspiracy’, the Ruthvens were disinherited and their forfeited castle was renamed Huntingtower.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Interesting 16th century baronial castle a little off the beaten track in Perth. It consists mainly of two towers joined together with circular staircases to the ramparts at the top. Children would enjoy climbing these. The castle witnessed a great deal of history & part of the original ceiling & plasterwork remains. The grounds are very pleasant with picnic tables which would be good in the summer but we visited when heavy snow was just about cleared. Guide is very informative including telling tale of love-lorn young woman who allegedly jumped from one tower to the other to escape detection of being with her lover. Car park is very small & there are no other facilities apart from a toilet.

Date of experience: March 2018
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"painted ceiling"
in 29 reviews
"historic scotland"
in 25 reviews
"joined together"
in 6 reviews
"lovers leap"
in 3 reviews
"heading north"
in 3 reviews
"a small car park"
in 3 reviews
"mary queen of scots"
in 6 reviews
"small shop"
in 10 reviews
"bring picnic"
in 2 reviews
"long car"
in 2 reviews
"winding stairs"
in 3 reviews
"ring road"
in 3 reviews
"main road"
in 3 reviews
"young woman"
in 3 reviews
"fascinating history"
in 5 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 14 reviews
"guide book"
in 5 reviews

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

I visited this castle with a 12yr old, 10yr old, 9yr old and a 2yr old. All of them had a great time. Especially being able to climb up the towers and out on to the roof. A small site but one of our favourite. Immaculate castle and grounds. very well looked after

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Em Mc E
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This is quite a small site with a twin towered Scottish baronial castle. A small hut serves as the Historic Environment Scotland ticket office. The castle is well maintained although there is not a lot to see in it, the main feature being a medieval painted ceiling. The castle is home to a colony of bats but these nocturnal creatures are invisible during the day. Please be aware of two negative features of this site before visiting. First, the site closes for lunch. Second, the parking facilities are very limited and are only suitable for family cars.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank jon0269
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Recently moved to the area so thought we'd have a look. Towers are obviously kept in immaculate condition. You can actually get up to the roof on both towers and walk about which was fantastic. Various other wee pieces of information and historical events that took place and dotted around. If you're taking the car there is parking, albeit not a huge amount of spaces. Entry was £5 per adult, but worth it in my opinion.

The woman we bought our tickets from (Alison I think) was also very friendly and helpful if you had any other questions.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Davie B
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

An interesting tower house just off the A85 Huntingtower roundabout from where you can see the castle.
It has a small car park with angled spaces so you need to drive towards the castle and then reverse into the space, not park parallel to the drive taking up several spaces. Totally unsuitable for larger vehicles that overhang the parking space and block the drive.
Custodian friendly and knowledgeable, we visited this time on a sunny day as an Australian family visited who got dressed up in the period costumes and ran around the grounds.
If dry lie on the ground beneath the gap between the towers and look up and then jump that distance on the grass. Popular with school parties apparently, (many have "fallen").

Date of experience: July 2017
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