Elcho Castle

Elcho Castle, Perth: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Elcho Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

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This site is currently closed as a precautionary measure while we undertake site inspections. We apologise for any inconvenience. 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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Lisa V
Perth, UK17 contributions
Fantastic little gem!
Nov 2019
This was a great afternoon trip. It is one of the more unusual castles I've seen in Scotland. It's very well maintained and lots of fun for kids, with 4 different stairs to go up and down leading to different rooms. Interesting history and great views from the top!!
Also you can wander the orchard and help yourself to fruit, which was really cool. Had a picnic there with freshly picked apples.
Written March 30, 2020
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Jenny M
Aviemore, UK339 contributions
Very interesting...
Oct 2019
Had no idea that this castle existed till last year. It is a 16th century mansion house but was known as the "party castle"! You explore the castle in your own time and can go onto the high battlements which provide a great view.There is a well maintained orchard. Worth a visit.
Written January 20, 2020
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Joanna381
Nailsworth, UK274 contributions
Really interesting
Jun 2019 • Family
I really enjoyed looking round here, as did my kids. It will only take less than an hour to go round. But definitely worth going round
Written November 4, 2019
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SrikanthSivaraj
Chennai (Madras), India2,686 contributions
Lovely castle, with the orchard.
Jul 2019
Understated castle, presented in a very muted way. Beautiful and impressive. Not crowded unlike most castles. Imopressive.
Written October 13, 2019
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gerry204
Glasgow, UK3 contributions
Fantastic.
Sep 2019
A great experience . We had a wonderful time exploring this castle. Alison was very friendly and enthusiastic about her job and was only too happy to answer our questions. Well worth a visit.
Written September 30, 2019
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526gs526
Dunfermline, UK125 contributions
A gem
Jun 2019 • Family
Lovely little castle which we never knew existed. Good for kids to run around and explore. Nice garden to walk around. Ideal for a picnic.
Written September 28, 2019
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Gordilindsay
Perth, UK156 contributions
A lovely small castle worth a visit
Sep 2019
We have lived in Perth for many years but this was our first visit. More fool us as it is a lovely building in a beautiful setting. The external fabric is in good condition and although mid floors are in part missing it is easy to picture what it must have been like as an elegant home.
The experience is enhanced by having access on to the roof parapet to enjoy the beautiful views.
The manageress is very helpful and friendly. She is happy to answer questions and give a bit more insight to the castle.
The grounds are pleasant to walk round with an orchard but sadly there is no remnants of what had been a formal garden.
Their are sign boards around the castle which help explain its history and guide books can be purchased.
There is no tearoom but soft drinks and limited snacks can be purchased.
Written September 14, 2019
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Kelsey C
5 contributions
Wonderful Castle
Aug 2019 • Friends
Such a lovely castle. It was only £6 and we had complete freedom to roam the castle. The views were lovely and the rooms were so neat! They even allow access to the roof! The attendant was so helpful and pleasant. Highly recommend for anyone!
Written August 19, 2019
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dalecollie
Fife, UK8 contributions
Gem of a castle tucked away from regular access.
Aug 2019
Although this castle is a few miles off the main road and you retrace your route it is more than worth the detour. Started with the very knowledgeable and committed staff who was manning the office, could answer all of our questions - we often have many! - and he even gave us a bag to help ourselves to the ripened fruit in the orchard, pointing out a particularly good plum tree. The actual castle, wealthy family holiday home, had plenty to see and information provided where necessary. Never seen so many toilets in a property this age!!! A real bonus is access to the roof and you can walk all around and get a great idea of what it must have felt like as a worker tucked up in the eaves!
Written August 16, 2019
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muffingirl1
Irvine, UK27 contributions
Amazing wee castle
Aug 2019
All those stairs, and rooms, and a heap of history. Great place to wander about, inside and outside, there's an orchard and trees a zillion years old. The caretakers are brilliant and helpful too. Well worth the trip.
Written August 15, 2019
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