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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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  • Average5%
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Rhynd, Perth PH2 8QQ, Scotland
+44 1738 639998

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Reviewed yesterday

Having lived within 10 miles for ten years we made our first visit this week. Exceeded our expectations. Gave a real insight into life in the long ago days. Well with a visit.

Thank UnhappyCustomer001
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visisted Elcho Castle last Saturday morning and were given a warm welcome by Lesley who was on duty. The castle itself, though in ruins, stands on a very pretty spot overlooking the "silvery Tay" (as William McGonagal put it) and offers beautiful vistas out...More

Thank gpm75015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great visit to Elcho Castle yesterday Wonderful castle, mainly under cover (just in case of a shower in Scotland) with lots of nooks and crannies to explore and stunning views from the rooftop walk. We even stayed for our picnic Staff were really...More

Thank NeilJ_12Edinburgh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This castle was lovely and sits on Tay river bank. Not much area to park, and you drive on winding roads to get to it. When we arrived the shop/tickets was closed for lunch but it had a sign saying pay on exit in the...More

Thank Diane f
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful castle on the bank of the river Tay. A well kept ruin with access to almost all areas. This picturesque castle will really jog your imagination into looking back in time to when it was bustling lively home. The views around the castle...More

Thank cozhaines
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spend the afternoon exploring the castle, we loved it. It stands mostly empty, but a true castle with a sense of its history. Lovely roof views!

Thank K B
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

... A superb castle and very well preserved, with an amazing rooftop view. Historic Scotland's Alison was brilliant, knowledgeable and friendly, and excellent with my daughter. Elcho is very kid friendly too, with a discovery quiz and dressy up box of period clothes for the...More

Thank AndrewJHood
Reviewed 15 June 2017

After travelling down the windy road you stumble upon this now ruinous Elcho Castle. Dating from the 1560 onwards, Elcho Castle features the option of going to the top to view the township for miles around and there is also a vineyard next door. This...More

Thank Paul I
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Super quiet spot with plenty of space for picnic and relaxing. Many different features to explore and try to understand. I took several wrong turns trying to get up onto the roof.

Thank Ian R
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

If your idea of a castle is one with lots of nooks and crannies then Elcho Castle is the one for you. Could do need a car (or taxi) to get you there though - it's not far from Perth, but a little out of...More

Thank penguinbairn
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5 August 2017|
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.
6 February 2016|
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
11 January 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