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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
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"historic scotland"
in 18 reviews
"nooks and crannies"
in 9 reviews
"tower house"
in 4 reviews
"bit off the beaten track"
in 2 reviews
"working farm"
in 3 reviews
"duck pond"
in 3 reviews
"century tower"
in 2 reviews
"different parts"
in 3 reviews
"tucked away"
in 4 reviews
"information boards"
in 5 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 9 reviews
"great views from the top"
in 2 reviews
"member of staff"
in 4 reviews
"hidden treasure"
in 2 reviews
"tay river"
in 2 reviews
"well worth the effort"
in 2 reviews
"great visit"
in 2 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago

By the time we visited Elcho we had already seen both Stirling and Edinburgh castles, so we didn't expect much from this visit. How surprised we were...! For starters we pretty much had the place to ourselves, a welcome after the insanely busy other castles....More

Thank Trevor E
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Located at the end of a long and winding road, accessed through a farmyard, and with limited parking available, it`s still worth the effort to visit this place. It`s very well preserved and more home like than many older castles, fascinating inside and surrounded by...More

Thank Daljem
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Traditional country home built for the Wemyss family around 1560. Very intact. Loved the servants stairs, the most intact servants staircase I've ever seen. Lots of nooks and crannies to explore over 5 floors. How many garderobes?! Roof accessible in parts giving great views across...More

1  Thank bluelizard
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth the visit. Mark was very helpful with the information he shared. My Granddaughters first castle.

1  Thank mscrabitz
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mark was so helpful. We enjoyed exploring the castles s watch tower as well as walking the orchard!!

Thank Hannah W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visit a castle/historic property/visitor attraction at least once a week all year and so far this is one of the best. I have been a member of historic Scotland for years but didn't make a visit to here until it was recommended by member...More

1  Thank _F0rever_Wanderlust_
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A well preserved castle on Perth. Just 5£ entrance fee but I think it's money well spend. The castle has a great history and the information give to you is good. Most definitely worth a visit if you are nearby.

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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Its such a quiet place out the way. Really enjoyed our visit here. The kids loved exploring the castle and finding out what life was like there. And some cartwheeling on the grass outside of course. The lovely lady was so helpful and advised us...More

3  Thank Lindsey B
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Reviewed 11 July 2018

Had a great afternoon here (helpped by good weather). The castle is interesting, and fun to wander around. Its partially ruined, and empty, but you can still climb the stairs and access the main hall and the rooftop rooms. The lady at the ticket office...More

Thank Andrew M
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

A beautiful example of a large Renaissance tower house complete with orchard and gorgeous views of the River Tay. Make sure you climb to the top for a fantastic view of the river valley.

Thank Kerry K
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Sarah S
4 August 2018|
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Response from Janet B | Reviewed this property |
DOG POLICY AT HISTORIC SCOTLAND PROPERTIES states that there are NO dogs allowed on any of the grounds at Elcho Castle.
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Sarah S
4 August 2018|
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Response from Heidi K | Reviewed this property |
The Historic environment scotland website says that only assistance dogs are allowed. I assume that to be guide dogs and hearing dogs etc.
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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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