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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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Recently visited the castle and was impressed with this little hidden gem! Ideal if you have a small adventurer or explorer and wanting to kill an hour or two! Was a beautiful day... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Dundee, United Kingdom
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently visited the castle and was impressed with this little hidden gem! Ideal if you have a small adventurer or explorer and wanting to kill an hour or two! Was a beautiful day when we visited and made the most of the grounds around the castle! Isnt all that much too see but the little quiz keeps kids interested in... More 

Thank Speedyg1989
Cupar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Kept driving past it for 20 years. It was a sunny morning and we decided to have a look. What a surprise. Although it is a ruin there is a lot to see and the detail on the story boards is spot on. There are great views of the Tay. If you like castles this is well worth a visit

Thank Ian P
Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Ulladulla, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

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 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

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.

Thank JOHN E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

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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