Perth, the ‘Fair City’ in Scotland an ex royal burgh is situated at the head of the Tay estuary. Between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries the city vied with Dunfermline for the right of being the capital of the country. In the following article I discuss three places to visit in Perth, Scotland; Elcho Castle, Huntingtower Castle and Scone Palace:
Today, home of the Earls of Mansfield is Scone Palace, and a popular attraction to visitors from around the globe. The palace of Scone is an integral part of the history of Scotland, as the kings of Scotland were once crowned there. In 1306, Robert the Bruce was crowned at Scone Palace, as was Charles II when he took occupancy of the Scottish Crown in 1651. There is a beautiful and mysterious atmosphere to the palace, which is rightly so.In the past the area was an important gathering place of the Picts and there was also an early Christian church situated there.
situated roughly 3 miles from the city of Perth, with awe inspiring views across the River Tay, is Elcho Castle. Elcho Castle is one of the best examples of 16th century workmanship in Scotland today. The Wemyss family authorized the erection of the castle in the 1570’s. The land had been in the family since 1468, when it was assigned to them by King James III. In 1633, the leader of the family was given the titles of Earl of Wemyss and Lord Elcho. Elcho Castle and it’s lands stayed the property of the Wemyss family until 1929. It was then, the 11th Earl of Wemyss, granted the castle to Scotland. The castle has recently been renovated and is now in the care of Historic Scotland.
Found just west of Perth is the medieval Huntingtower Castle. Even though the castle is medieval in origin, it has been significantly redeveloped throughout the majoprity of it’s history. The Ruthven family were occupiers of the castle and lands from the twelth to seventeenth century. During this time the castle consisted of two separate towers, erected three meters apart. When the Murray family took occupancy, later on in the 1600’s, they decided to amalgamate the two towers, making the house look more like a conventional country mansion. The bridging work between the two towers is still clearly noticeable today, on both the exterior and the interior.
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