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“Reverse into parking space”

Huntingtower Castle
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US$40,15*
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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
Ranked #7 of 68 things to do in Perth
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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").

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"painted ceiling"
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"historic scotland"
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"joined together"
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"parking is limited"
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"winding stairs"
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"lovers leap"
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"ring road"
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"twin towers"
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"a small car park"
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"small shop"
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"bring picnic"
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"long car"
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"king james"
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Loved the history involving this castle. It’s not large and doesn’t take long to visit but the information available makes it more exciting. The decorated ceiling is fascinating. I didn’t expect it to be as well preserved. Well done Scotland.
Lots of stairs and winding towers.

Thank 19Ruthie19
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Alison, the property manager, gave us a potted history of the castle (she came out later to ask if we wanted her to take a family photo - such a lovely lady) then we went off to explore. The information boards are helpful and there are lots of rooms to explore. You can climb right to the top for views over Perth. A great property and one of the few in the area that is open in the Winter months.

Thank Lovek75
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

We were greeted by an exceptionally friendly member of staff (Alison, I think her name was) who took time to explain the history of the castle including the story of Dorothea who jumped from one tower to the next, which when you see the distance is quite remarkable. The painted ceiling is very interesting too. Lovely spiral staircases & it was great to be able to walk round the top of the castel

Thank HighlandRoxy
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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

My wife and I brought our three kids and had brilliant time; climbing the twisty stairs, walking the rampart, marvelling at the medieval parkour expert Dorothea who leapt between the towers.

Thank AlreadyTaken73
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