Huntingtower Castle, also known as The House of Ruthven, comprises two fine and complete tower houses, one of 15th to 16th century date, the other of 16th century origin. They are now linked by a 17th century range, and there is fine painted decoration inside the castle.
The eastern tower retains an original and unusually painted ceiling that dates from the 1540’s and is one of the oldest remaining examples of such work.
The Castle is just a short detour from the A9 as it by-passes Perth. (See Map) I recommend stopping here to climb the two spiral staircases that lead up to the rooftops and the (partially missing) inner floor levels. This is a castle that doesn’t disappoint.
It also has interesting legends about witchcraft. There is a legend of the Ruthven daughter, Dorothy, leaping between the towers to avoid being found by her mother in her lover's bedroom! She eloped the next night.
Mary Queen of Scots stayed there twice.
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|Address:||Huntingtowerfield, Perth PH1 3JL|
|Telephone:||+44 (1738) 627231|
|Managed by:||Historic Scotland|
April to 30 September, Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 5.30pm |
1 October to 31 October, Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm
1 November to 31 March, Saturday to Wednesday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Last tickets sold at 5pm (4pm in winter)
Closed 25th, 26th December and 1st, 2nd January
|Admission:||Adult £4.50, Senior £3.60, Child £2.70|
|Parking:||Yes, but the car park is not good for large vehicles|
|Accessibility:||Moderate accessibility – castle ground floor|
|Toilets:||Yes, also disabled toilets|
Last updated 17/04/2012