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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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Our favorite castle in Scotland

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Kim V
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Palmer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Elcho Castle with my husband and two children July 2016. We had a great time. The location is very quiet and scenic. We didn't have a rental car, so we had to take a taxi, but it wasn't very expensive. We had the whole place to ourselves for most of the time. It was a fun castle to... More 

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

This is a great place for a family day out. The castle it's self is still in great condition, there is 4 staircases with many rooms leading off from them, this castle is very grand indeed! I can't believe this beauty is only 4 miles from my front door, why have I never seen this place before!! So , if... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Elcho castle is well signed from Bridge of Earn and just out of Perth and is easy to find. It's funny reading other peoples review's about the track leading down to the castle. You would think it was so long you had to stop for food and water! Quite dramatic! Anyway, sadly there a few spaces for parking outside the... More 

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Elcho castle is off the beaten track, but is well worth the effort to find it. Unlike Edinburgh Castle which is crowded, Elcho is quiet and you can explore at your own pace. Kids can charge around and explore, while there is lots of history for the adults. We visited on a wet day and stayed about 90 minutes. You... More 

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

We drove down quite a lengthy country lane which added to the suspense of not knowing quite what we were going to find. We were not disappointed and received a very warm welcome from the lady who sold us our tickets, very reasonably priced as well. The castle itself is intriguing not only because of its unusual name, but with... More 

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

We did worry at first, thinking we had taken a wrong turn as you need to access a private road and actually drive through a farm, but don't worry, you do end up at Elcho Castle. It is still complete and isn't a ruin although when we visited parts of the castle were being restored so there was scaffolding on... More 

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drove quite some way down country roads and only discovered it was closed after we arrived - a sign at the top of the road would have been considerate.

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Thank Barbara L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

This gem is tucked far back on beautiful country roads, and is so very worth the drive! We were amazed at how intact the castle is, and spent at least two hours exploring all the nooks and crannies. With it being so intact, it really gives you a sense of how the family would have actually lived in the castle.... More 

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