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Elcho Castle

Rhynd, Perth PH2 8QQ, Scotland
+44 1738 639998
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Ranked #5 of 23 Attractions in Perth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Cultural
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Owner description: Elcho Castle is one of Scotland’s best-preserved 16th-century tower houses. It was built around the time of the Protestant Reformation in 1560 by a member of the family of Wemyss of that Ilk. The family could trace their lineage back to the 12th century. A descendant of the builder of Elcho was created Lord Wemyss of Elcho in 1628 and Earl of Wemyss in 1633. Open daily from 9.30am to last entry at 5pm from 1st April to 30th September.

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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
25 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I do not believe that Elcho Castle will disappoint the children will have fun running up and down trying to count the the original on suite toilets they run to double figures. the views from the top really are spectacular and a short walk up to the small village will let you look round an ancient Doo Cot which is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My family and I visit the UK frequently and have seen quite a number of castles and this one ranks as my favourite. It is a beautifully preserved castle and the views are spectacular. It was particularly fun for the children who took great delight in counting the number of toilets in the castle! It is a bit out of... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We visited Huntingtower castle 18 months previous to this visit and we're told about Elcho castle and the guide there told us it was well worth a visit. It is in very good condition and is a maze of stairs and rooms to explore and you can walk round the outside at roof level. There is good information available on... More

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We have been members of Historic Scotland for a number of years and visited Elcho Castle recently with our daughters aged 9 and 4.5 years. Both girls really enjoyed this castle with lots of rooms to explore and a climb up on to the roof with wonderful views. As with most H.S properties, we have noticed, that there isn't a... More

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Strathaven, United Kingdom
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147 reviews 147 reviews
74 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Set on the banks of a river, the castle is in a beautiful location. You can go up on the roof and get some nice views of the surrounding area. The most surprising thing about the castle is ever room is en suite, which is very unusual. Worth a visit.

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Vienna, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Given proximity to Perth, Elcho Castle was one of the first stops. Even if you are not the castle-phile that I am, you will enjoy this for the architecture, the details inside and the overall surroundings. The docent on site was extremely knowledgeable and full of suggestions of sites to see in the rest of Scotland.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Meander off the beaten track and discover one of Scotland's best preserved 16th century tower houses. There is little history to Elcho Castle as it served as a country residence for the laird and lady and their family. However take time to wander through the corridors, climb the stair cases into the great hall and bed chambers. Some of the... More

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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99 reviews 99 reviews
42 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Very prettily set castle/mansion house buuilt in 1500s and virtually complete with all en suite latrines!! Belongs to Historic Scotland who have re-planted orchard in grounds as per 16th century and lovely spot to sit and have a picnic. On the water too and with lots of history to take in! A bit off the beaten track, but well worth... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Enjoyes wandering around this historic scotland property and wandering in the orchard. There was a display of which apples when during the season and a map of the orchard that was interesting

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We saw close to 10 castles on our trip to Scotland, and this one was one of my favorites. Our drive there was on some really minor roads - maybe my GPS prefers minor roads :-) - but the castle was worth it. We had the place to ourselves, so we were the only pesky tourists. :-) The information available... More

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