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Elcho Castle

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Address: Rhynd, Perth PH2 8QQ, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1738 639998
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Elcho Castle is one of Scotland's best-preserved 16th-century tower houses....

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.

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Used to come here all the time when I was younger with friends and family to explore the castle, it's grounds and dress up. As a history student this castle may be small, but it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Kloé H
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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Used to come here all the time when I was younger with friends and family to explore the castle, it's grounds and dress up. As a history student this castle may be small, but it holds loads of interesting stories and facts. Great place full of history.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not allowed in as we arrived at lunch time. Lunch time not advertised on the Historic Scotland webpage for the castle. The route to and from this location is long and winding, and certainly not advisable in adverse weather conditions. Dogs are definitely not welcome. We were told to return in an hour which we did not do for the... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed visiting this Castle in a lovely location over looking the river Tay. Not far from Perth town. A well preserved castle.kids enjoyed it.

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Thank James H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you visit only one of Scotland's baronial homes, make it this one. As members of Historic Scotland, we have visited many of the country's castles over the years. Of the ones that we have seen, none is as complete as Elcho, few have the atmosphere, some have more panoramic views, most have more visitors (when we visit at the... More 

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Fort William, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is the second time we have been here but the first with our son. He loved the staircases leading to different parts of the castle. It is mostly complete so you can imagine living there at the time.

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1 Thank Highlander950
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came on a visit from Germany touring Scotland to see different Castles, Elcho Castle being the second on the list. It is a little hard to find but nevertheless in a beautiful setting. The lady explained to us quite a few detetails beforing entering but the reality was much better. Apart from us only one other family visited which... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We should have read the Historic Scotland guide book a bit better, as we arrived while this property was closed for lunch (between about 1 and 2pm that day). It takes a bit of finding, we travelled via the M90, leaving at the Bridge of Earn turn of just south of Perth. Once you've passed through the village, it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle is located in a beautiful location on the Tay and is well worth a visit. I have been in the autumn to learn more about the apple and pear orchard, as well as to collect windfalls. Hope that is still possible!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Follow a winding country lane to find this gem of a castle off the beaten path. Its beauty lies in its simplicity - minimal furniture and artifacts, basically just the bare bones of a castle with informative signs in the rooms. Wander the servants' staircases and gaze out over the river and orchard from the parapet. Read the log of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

I visited here with my two sons (age 9 and 5) as the elder one wanted to visit castles. I had never been before, but what a cracking wee castle! The road to it is narrow and winding, but if you don't drive it like a race track, it's no bother. There's car parking for about 8 cars. The lady... More 

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