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Address: Rhynd, Perth PH2 8QQ, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1738 639998

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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We made a last minute visit to the castle before it closed for the winter on a rainy September afternoon. As we came down the hill our first sightings of the castle were amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Stirling, United Kingdom

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We made a last minute visit to the castle before it closed for the winter on a rainy September afternoon. As we came down the hill our first sightings of the castle were amazing. The building itself was very impressive as we made our way through the rooms and up the various staircases to the rooftop viewpoint. This attraction is... More 

Thank Tilli14
Ulladulla, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Close to the holiday let we stayed at in Rhynd. Nearby sign directed us to the castle so it would have been remiss of us not to visit. Nice place to wander around with plenty of stairs to get from floor to floor. Tucked away in an unlikely spot behind a working farm. There is the restored Elcho Doo'cot a... More 

Thank Alex W
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw Elcho Castle in a tourist brochure while staying in Invergarry. After a three hour drive we spent all of 40 mins looking around. It is in beautiful countryside next to the river Tay and I'd suggest it's worth a visit but only if you're near by. The staff are very friendly and extremely helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our little girl is obsessed with castles at the moment and while visiting Perth we accidentally stumbled upon this wee gem. The castle steward was lovely and very helpful, after chatting about our lo's love of castle's and princesses we ended up joining historic scotland. The castle was small enough for us to indulge our daughters imagination & visiting at... More 

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited yesterday, but unfortunatley it was closed as being renovated. Was able to walk around part of the outside and admire the setting, which is a lovely spot right on the River Tay. A bit tricky to find - 5 miles from Bridge of Earn along country lanes and finally through a farmyard into the small car park.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I visited this castle last week and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. My girls especially liked completing the quiz. The views are stunning and the location is idyllic. The lady on site was very informative and helpful. The castle is off the beaten track but it is worth the drive and there is parking available. I would... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not a lot to see here a bit fiddly to find but little boy enjoyed the trail sheet to do and finding the hidden loo

Thank Michala B
San Jose, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stopped by here on our way to the airport to squeeze in yet another castle on our Historic Scotland pass. This castle is nestled in the countryside and overlooks the River Tay. There are plenty of rooms to explore and a wonderful grand staircase. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

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.

Thank Kloé H
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

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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