Elcho Castle is located on a rocky knoll overlooking the river Tay. (See Map)There may have been a castle here from as early as the 13th century (William Wallace is said to have sheltered there) but nothing remains of this early building.
(pronounced "Weems") family held the estate from 1468 and the present tower house was built in the 16th century, probably by Sir John Wemyss who died in 1572. The round tower bears the initials "E.I.W." which may refer to Earl John Wemyss who was the laird from 1622 to 1649 and became Lord of Elcho and Earl of Wemyss in 1633.
The castle had fallen into decay but it was re-roofed in 1830 and is in a surprisingly good state of repair. The central block has four towers (two round and two square). The stairs take you by several routes to the battlements at the top of the tower where you can get a great view of the river Tay estuary and back up towards Perth.
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Perth PH2 8QQ
|Managed by:||Historic Scotland
|Opening Hours:||1 April - 30 September, Monday - Sunday, 09.30am - 17.30pm|
|Admission:||Check their website for up to date charges. Last ticket sold 30 min before closing time.|
|Parking:||Ample hard standing parking is available and allows level access into the castle grounds and shop.|
|Accessibility:||The ground floor of the castle is not suitable for wheelchair access due to uneven floor surface. The castle exterior can be accessed from the grass grounds and adjacent grassed orchard.|
|Toilets:||The toilets are located down a steep slope and are not suited for those with limited mobility or in a wheelchair.|
|Dogs||Please note that dogs (with the exception of guide dogs) are not permitted at this property as it is within a working farm area.|
Last updated 17/04/2012