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Address: Huntingtowerfield | Just West of Perth off the A85 to Crieff, Perth PH1 3JL, Scotland
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+44 1738 627231

A tale of two families - Huntingtower Castle was a lordly residence for 300...

A tale of two families - Huntingtower Castle was a lordly residence for 300 years, from the 15th to the 18th century. It is associated with two noble families: the Ruthvens (later earls of Gowrie) and, following their downfall in 1600, the Murrays (earls of Tullibardine and later dukes of Atholl). Prior to 1600, Huntingtower was known as the Place of Ruthven.Huntingtower has hosted some famous visitors, and been associated with some dramatic events. Mary Queen of Scots stayed here in 1565, during her honeymoon with Lord Darnley. In 1582, Mary’s son, James VI, was held here against his will by the 1st Earl of Gowrie, in a famous episode known as the ‘Ruthven Raid’. With the downfall of the 3rd Earl in 1600, in an equally bizarre episode called the ‘Gowrie Conspiracy’, the Ruthvens were disinherited and their forfeited castle was renamed Huntingtower.

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Beautiful ceiling, helpful staff.

There are times when i am pleased the weather forecast is wrong! I was expecting rain but instead had glorious sunshine so popped in here to take advantage of the weather. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There are times when i am pleased the weather forecast is wrong! I was expecting rain but instead had glorious sunshine so popped in here to take advantage of the weather. The place is well signposted and parking is just outside. The lady in the ticket office explained the history of the place which was quite fascinating. A family almost... More 

Thank MarcusHurley
Cupar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The castle with its two towers is a lovely gem and packed full of history. You can climb all the way to the top and walk around the roof of either of the towers, cross between them via a steep staircase and look up four floors (the ceilings are not there anymore so you get a real feeling for the... More 

Thank Nicole L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit today was made even more special by the very informative talk we were given by the Historic Scotland representative. It is an excellent Castle, from beautiful painted ceiling to story of Maiden jumping from tower to tower, nothing could keep her from her man. Great rooms inside the Castle so can be visited anytime.

Thank John M
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We visited this castle on 4th January 2017. Alison in the office at Huntingtower was so helpful, informative and friendly. The castle itself is truly amazing, well maintained and the original artwork visible on the ceiling and walls is breathtaking. The castle is well kept but not overly restored or 'glammed up'. You really get a sense of how it... More 

1 Thank Janie-Alison03
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Great castle with a colourful history. In very good condition with partial remains of artwork on the walls and painted roof brand which were really cool. You're able to climb the winding stairs to the roof for a great outlook. Highlight was the friendly site manager Alison who have a great run down if its history and grey good recommendations... More 

1 Thank isdavidisgood
Glendale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Eerie, but in a good way! I love that the castle is not completely restored; it was fun to wander around imagining what it was like to live there. There were few people there when I visited; it was great to be able to explore all the winding staircases and hidden nooks unfettered by large crowds of tourists.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We were heading up to Pitlochry for a visit to the Enchanted Forest and needed somewhere to stop off for a picnic. We are historic Scotland members so when this castle popped up on trip advisor we took a slight detour and definitely weren't disappointed. A lovely place to stop for a picnic. Small shop (doesn't sell food) and clean... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This trip was very special. It wasn't the first time we had been there. We have been here many times but this one stood out because it was my parents 20th wedding anniversary and they got married there so we went there and it was amazing. The lady at reception was very nice as well. Great for all ages but... More 

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Fife, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

By visiting this castle you'll learn about brave girl (or petrified of her Mum: who knows?!), who jumped from one tower to the next in the middle of the night a few centuries ago. And will find out about dietary preferences of the bats! Nice castle to visit with lovely keeper.

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Moray, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely Castle with lots of history attached to it. It was much bigger than it is today. We never seen the ghost :) Good times.


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