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Elcho Castle

Rhynd, Perth PH2 8QQ, Scotland
+44 1738 639998
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Elcho Castle is a handsome and complete 16th century fortified mansion with three projecting towers on the banks of the River Tay. This is a castle to explore. Parade up the grand staircase or scurry up the service stair, venture into the well-appointed kitchen and admire the views over the countryside from the high battlements. The remarkably complete house of the 1500s was the country retreat of the wealthy Wemyss family. Its orchard has been replanted with traditional varieties of apple, pear and plum and has become a haven for butterflies and wildlife. The castle still has in place original wrought iron grilles to protect the windows. The interior is complete and roofed, with remains of decorated plasterwork.
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Rhynd, Perth PH2 8QQ, Scotland
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"historic scotland"
in 17 reviews
"nooks and crannies"
in 8 reviews
"tower house"
in 4 reviews
"bit off the beaten track"
in 2 reviews
"late summer"
in 2 reviews
"working farm"
in 2 reviews
"century tower"
in 2 reviews
"information boards"
in 5 reviews
"tucked away"
in 4 reviews
"great views from the top"
in 2 reviews
"guide book"
in 4 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 9 reviews
"added bonus"
in 2 reviews
"hidden treasure"
in 2 reviews
"tay river"
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"member of staff"
in 3 reviews
"on duty"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Elcho castle is definitely worth a visit! It has a lovely view of Loch Tay and beautiful surroundings. The apple orchard is fun and the kids enjoyed wearing the period costumes as they walked through the castle sweeping the dirt floors. Very nice day out!

Thank Janet B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Love this castle hidden on the banks of the Tay River and on the way to the Rhynd. whilst it is a lttle quaint, the castle is not a ruin and is situated amongst beautiful surrounds. Don't forget you have to drive through a farm...More

Thank Heidi K
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Reviewed 2 days ago

When we arrived I thought Oh ! is this it - But once we started to explore so much interest - Loved walking / climbing around and exploring all the various levels and staircases - Never seen so many ancient toilets in such an old...More

Thank Tony M
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The castle is very well kept, although quite small, but there are lots of rooms that our children loved exploring. The staff is very helpful and always ready to give informations about the castle and the area. We really enjoyed our day in this quiet...More

Thank Francesco D
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fantastic castle. It has floors and many stairs taking you to different parts of the castle. You can access the roof and see amazing views. If you're lucky, Alison will be at the ticket office - she has a wealth of knowledge.

Thank Edd P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great day out and staff were very welcoming loved the view overlooking the water I didn’t. Get the chance to go inside the castle but it was. Really nice to look at

Thank Elizabeth B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really well worth a visit. Just a wonderful example of it's kind. Great place to have a picnic on one of their benches and enjoy the view. Lots of kids seem to be enjoying the castle and having a good time. The duck pond nearby...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Parking is difficult if you have an average size car. Nice area for a picnic. Closed for lunch. Great views.

Thank elainehay
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Elcho Castle on 20th May to get the little one out the house. It was well sign posted but the very small car park was full thanks to people not parking properly. We left the car squeezed at the side. I think if...More

Thank Ella W
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Reviewed May 12, 2018

I cannot recommend a visit to this castle enough! It is in a beautiful location and the castle itself is in remarkably good condition considering it was built in the 1500s. Well worth the visit.

Thank shonam6
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bponich13
August 4, 2017|
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Response from John A | Reviewed this property |
Rhynd is very small not even a village! and you would be at least 1 hr from Edinburgh. Edinburgh Airport is closest but accessing the location requires a car Perth is the closest main centre for accommodation etc.
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422Ann
February 5, 2016|
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Response from BobNewtonMearns | Reviewed this property |
The castle is open during the summer months only. It's open daily, but seems to close for lunch most days. When we were there, lunch was 1-2pm. You can wander round the grounds while it's closed though. There are picnic... More
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ShyNi
January 10, 2016|
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Response from tabelmabel | Reviewed this property |
No. a taxi from perth centre would be your best bet. not sure if village of rhynd is served by any bus. It's only three quarters of a mile from rhynd village itself. so easily walkable. There are definitely buses from perth... More
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