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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 7 reviews
"tower house"
in 4 reviews
"bit off the beaten track"
in 2 reviews
"late summer"
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"working farm"
in 2 reviews
"century tower"
in 2 reviews
"great views from the top"
in 2 reviews
"information boards"
in 4 reviews
"tucked away"
in 3 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 8 reviews
"hidden treasure"
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"added bonus"
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"tay river"
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"on duty"
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"couple of hours"
in 3 reviews
"orchard"
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Reviewed 4 days 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 1 week ago

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.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I visited here and what a lovely surprise Elcho Castle is; tucked away along a narrow back road joining Perth to Bridge of Earn. The member of staff we met was informative and keen to offer information. I wish I had purchased...More

Thank Jan B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an interesting castle with plenty of nooks and crannies for the children to explore and discover. Spectacular views from the roof which is accessible. The orchard I am sure will be delightful when the blossom is out, and then again in the autumn...More

Thank Lilycat79
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

We saw the good reviews and decided to have a drive to Elcho Castle, very glad we did. It’s a very pretty little castle with lots of little rooms to explore and the views are fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would recommend to...More

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Reviewed February 27, 2018

Even though it was raining, we had a delightful time exploring this tower house. Much of the architecture is still intact, and you can get a sense of how bustling and important this place was. It was interesting that there were many commode chambers, even...More

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Reviewed February 12, 2018

A fascinating castle in a superb spot for all to explore and enjoy. The added bonus if you go in the late summer/autumn is that there is a fine orchard that contains over 30 different varieties of apple (and pear) trees - one can collect...More

Thank U8777EAroberts
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Reviewed November 11, 2017

This is a lovely hidden gem. Don't expect anything on the scale of Edinburgh or Stirling but there is no lack of history here. Because it is quiet and not pristine the kids could explore and run around a bit more. We spent a couple...More

Thank GrahamG70
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Reviewed November 6, 2017 via mobile

Was told about this gem by a friend who visited this site. This gem should get more advertising. We were the only people there. Great history in a secluded part of Perthshire.

Thank Norrie H
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Reviewed October 30, 2017

We visited Elcho Castle on a family day out, we were on our way up to the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry and decided to stop for a few adventures on the way. We stopped here and at Huntingtower Castle as they are both relatively close...More

Thank Rachel P
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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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