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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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"painted ceiling"
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"historic scotland"
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"joined together"
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"parking is limited"
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"winding stairs"
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"lovers leap"
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"twin towers"
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"a small car park"
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"small shop"
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"ring road"
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"long car"
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"small site"
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"young woman"
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"original artwork"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On a bright sunny Mayday travelled to Perth by public transport . From Perth Bus station the castle is approx a 40 min. walk heading north west up South Methven Road and following the main drag towards Crieff and is situated about 5 minute walk...More

Thank Nauldy1978
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle stands just outside Perth and has a very good view from the roof. It is very well restored and the castle grounds are kept neat and tidy. A small castle but worth a visit. Parking is a little restricted as spaces are at...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Huntingtower Castle has had bad luck, when environment changed: It is hidden between the A 85 and industrial estates and can easily be missed. The castle ruin has been restored minimalist but very thoughtful, so it is possible to get on the roof of the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A well-kept castle with an interesting painted ceiling, some quirky stories, and very nice views. You can get lost in a good way wandering around the rooms. The furniture seems a bit random at times, and it would have been nice to have a bit...More

Thank Meg_Hyland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unusual castle with many nooks and crannies. Has three types of bats in residence! You can walk round the roof edge and get a great view,

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Driving on our trip and came upon this Castle and was surprised by its history. Stairs are in the tour and history at times was fun to hear and read about. Short walks and places to picnic on site.

Thank Patricia H
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Lovely trip out today. Very interesting and informative guide. Stairs as you can imagine are a problem if you a little unsteady. Grandaughter loved it, especially going to top 8f tower. Would be a lovely spot to bring picnic on a warm day. Parking is...More

Thank mrsmcenroe
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Interesting 16th century baronial castle a little off the beaten track in Perth. It consists mainly of two towers joined together with circular staircases to the ramparts at the top. Children would enjoy climbing these. The castle witnessed a great deal of history & part...More

Thank 44AlanS
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

I visited this castle with a 12yr old, 10yr old, 9yr old and a 2yr old. All of them had a great time. Especially being able to climb up the towers and out on to the roof. A small site but one of our favourite....More

Thank Em Mc E
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This is quite a small site with a twin towered Scottish baronial castle. A small hut serves as the Historic Environment Scotland ticket office. The castle is well maintained although there is not a lot to see in it, the main feature being a medieval...More

Thank jon0269
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redlichtie50
10 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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