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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The UK doesn't know the existence of motorhome. No parking, no signs. Historical places with no parking, no advises in the explorer pass sheet. Driving for miles for nothing. Tourism in the UK is quite a nightmare

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Huntingtower Castle on the outskirts of Perth in Scotland is a nice enough castle built around the 15th century. There are though many better castles, including Scone Palace, Stirling Castle, in the area. Worth a look if you have not seen all the other...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

More of a family home than what I consider a castle however this one is a must see. There is an original painted ceiling from the 1500’s inside. You can go all the way to the top of the castle! Staff here was exceptionally friendly!

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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

What a great, mysterious castle. And such historical significance, being graced by the kidnapped King James VI. So much to explore in this amazing building. We were the only ones there when we visited and wondered why more people don’t come out to explore these...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

You are welcomed by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guy who obviously loves this castle. The many stairs are worth the effort as the views are amazing

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

I read there was an original medieval painted ceiling here. Was not disappointed. But it was also very cool exploring the castle. You can explore the whole place including the parapet - walk around on the roof! My husband really enjoyed it!

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

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

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Reviewed 12 May 2018

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 11 May 2018

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 May 2018

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

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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
16 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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