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Huntingtower Castle

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I had had most of a great day at Scone Palace, but on our way back to our accommodation for the Half Term Week in Almondbank (very close to Huntingtower) we offered my young son a quick half hour whizzing round the...More

Thank AliY1Ed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Huntingtower Castle is a cool place to visit. It’s fun to walk through the vacant castle and be transported back in time

Thank Janet B
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

We're members of Historic Scotland so get in for free. There is a good guide book. This is another castle that is quite intact. It has the feel of a real home. There are lots of rooms to explore but also lots of steps. Not...More

Thank Julie H
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

We visited on a warm but misty morning so missed the views we could imagine are lovely from the top. The castle is well preserved and easy parking just a short walk from the car. The lady was very friendly and informative about the castle....More

Thank Fiona F
Reviewed 9 September 2017

A small, partially ruined castle, with oodles of history, that is well explained on the information panels. Took 2 tries to find it, the sign indicating where to turn in had disappeared. Nice little gift shop. Free entry with English Heritage card.

1  Thank bookworm48London
Reviewed 8 September 2017

A small tower on the edge of Perth.empty of everything so you can get a real feel of how it must have been .winding stairs and windowsills to watch outside.small shop and toilets.staff lovely and helpfully.(thanks ladies for help with everything).£5 entry reasonable.loved it.

1  Thank foxykaz5
Reviewed 5 September 2017

The castle has been restored with sympathy and gives a real flavour of how it must've once been. Great insight in to history. We were able to wander round in peace as it was very quiet the day we went. Well worth a visit.

1  Thank Sam12340
Reviewed 5 September 2017

It is not sign posted very well if you have to go through the village.its up the hill then it's a right sharp turn.no many parking spaces.it takes about an hour to explore .the lady was very informative of the castle.theres no guided tour. there's...More

Thank Heather G
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Found Huntingtower Castle quite close to Travelodge Hotel in Perth. It was built in the 15th century by the Ruthven clan. It is run by Historic Scotland and has some very fine wall paintings and a beautiful decorative ceiling. Great views from the roof.

Thank macvonsunderland
Reviewed 19 August 2017

The notorious Ruthven family owned Huntingtower until their downfall in 1600. Here King James VI was imprisoned here for two months by the Earl of Gowrie, William Ruthven, which led to his ultimate beheading. All very captivating stuff. The castle, albeit partially ruinous, is quite...More

Thank iainatsea
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redlichtie50
11 November 2017|
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Response from Janet B | Reviewed this property |
Yes! It is on the public transport route and you can get off very close to it.
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King L
17 February 2017|
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Response from Jo P | Property representative |
Hi I must apologize in advance I am the site admin for Huntingtower and I would have promptly answered your question but,I have been under treatment for an advanced cancer.I truly hope you enjoyed your trip to my ancestral... More
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richardthomas1974
6 November 2016|
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Response from Jo P | Property representative |
Hi I must apologize in advance I am the site admin for Huntingtower and I would have promptly answered your question but,I have been under treatment for an advanced cancer.I truly hope you enjoyed your trip to my ancestral... More
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