Elcho Castle

[Elcho Castle]

Elcho Castle is a perfect example of why it's worth exploring off the beaten track. Although only a few miles from Perth city centre as the crow flies, local topography and the barrier of the River Tay means that access is by a lonely few miles of unclassified road on the northern slopes of Moncreiffe Hill. Perhaps as a result this is a castle that receives relatively few visitors, reflected in its closure each winter. This fortified former home of the Wemyss Family was constructed in the 16th century and still remains pretty much intact. It dates from the period in which wealthy families' residences were transitioning from being primarily defensive to primarily comfortable to live in; Elcho Castle seems to represent a reasonable compromise between the two. Just short of the castle on the access road, there's room to park and view the castle doocot, with the hundreds of nest boxes still intact within.

[Castle doocot]

Name: Elcho Castle ★☆☆
Location: Minor road end a mile north of Rhynd, G.R.: NO 164211 / panoramic claims credited
Open (2017): April to September
Cost (2017): £4.50 (adults), £2.70 (children)

[Testing out the long table in the Main Hall...]

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