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Huntingtower Castle can be found just west of Perth. Huntingtower is medieval in origin but has seen significant redevelopment during its fascinating history.

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      11.09.2008 01:08
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      ****Huntingtower Castle****

      This is somewhere i have visited 100's of times over the years and i have never got tired of it,even if my visit is only sitting in the grounds during a lunch break or reading a book in the sun.

      **Where is is / nearby attractions**
      You can find this just outside of Perth,past Tescos on the Crieff Road and it is on the right .(on the A9,near a junction going towards the A85)
      Other attractions nearby include Elcho Castle,Scone Palace,Perth Museum and art gallery so you could easily make a day of it and visit all these plus a few others.
      If you were staying in Perth you could get a number 1 or 2 bus from the town and walk from Mcdemid park/Tescos or if it is a nice day i would suggest walking as Perth is not that big.
      There is a stream just down the road from the castle where you can get lovely fresh cold Scottish water so its defiantly worth taking a couple of empty water bottles with you.

      **History**
      This castle has had royalty live there-Mary queen of Scots stayed there a couple of times and her son also lived there(not voluntarily).The thing i have always remembered about it though was the love story that apparently happened there.The gap between the two towers is known as the maidens leap because a young girl leaped between them so her mother would not catch her with her lover/boyfriend.The couple ran away the next day and got married.

      **Building itself**
      It started off as two buildings -one was a gate house the other a tower.Work was then done to the gate house and it was turned into a residential tower house. Later on they were joined together so that they looked more like other places that were being built at that time.
      There are plenty of wildlife to see as well as painted decoration.

      **Staff etc**
      As the buildings aren't that big there is only one full time member of staff.I have always found her to be really nice and she knows the history inside out.There are toilets there and a little shed where you can buy souvenirs
      I don't think that this is a suitable place for someone in a wheelchair as even if you managed to get up the steps into the building they wouldn't be able to go up to the top.
      I don't think you can buy food there but there is a Tescos which is a two minute walk away which has a cafe or if you have a car Mcdonalds is close by or you could drive into the town (10 minute drive tops).So places to eat are easy to get to.

      This has been given four stars by the Scottish Tourist board and also has a silver award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

      **Admission prices**
      All year
      Adult £4.20, Child £2.10, Concession £3.20. You can save money if you are planning on visiting a few places by getting an explorer pass which comes in 3,7 or 10 days. Or by becoming a member of Historic Scotland.

      This place is worth a visit-if there is anything i have missed let me know please and i will update :-)

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