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Elcho Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Almond and Earn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3745 / 56°22'28"N

Longitude: -3.355 / 3°21'18"W

OS Eastings: 316406

OS Northings: 721063

OS Grid: NO164210

Mapcode National: GBR 22.287G

Mapcode Global: WH6QL.F1LL

Entry Name: Elcho Castle

Scheduled Date: 30 April 1920

Last Amended: 2 March 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90140

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Rhynd

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Almond and Earn

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises Elcho Castle, its associated structures and immediate environs. The monument, with the exception of a small portion on the E, is in the care of the Secretary of State for Scotland. It is being re-scheduled to clarify the extent of the protected area.

The monument comprises an exceptionally well-preserved 16th century tower-house of oblong plan, measuring about 26m E-W, with a square stair tower at the SW corner. Elements of the former enclosing wall, including part of the SE tower, and foundations of formerly associated buildings, have been exposed to the S and SE of the castle. A large quarried area to the N of the castle is likely to have provided some of the building stone for the castle and outbuildings. It is to be expected that significant archaeological remains survive unexcavated in the immediate vicinity of the castle.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains described above and an area around them within which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 95m N-S by 174m E-W, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. Above ground structures associated with the custodian's house, toilet block and modern field boundaries are excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a particularly fine example of a Medieval tower-house. Its importance is reflected in its status as a Property in Care of the Scottish Ministers.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 12 SE 11.


Cannell, J. (1987) 'Elcho Castle (Rhynd parish)', Discovery Excav Scot, 56.

MacGibbon, D. and Ross, T. (1887-92) The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries, 5v Edinburgh Vol. 2, 95-103.

Miller, A. H. (1890) The historical castles and mansions of Scotland: Perthshire and Forfarshire, Paisley, 134.

Toy, S. (1953) The castles of Great Britain, London, 230-1.
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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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