Originally two towers dated to the1500’s, built only a few metres apart, Huntingtower Castle now stands, as a single structure, on the outskirts of Perth.
A quick visit isn’t enough because it takes time to find and view all its features from centuries of development. I’m not going into detail, that would spoil the fun! But you need to keep your eyes open and make sure you don’t miss anything, especially the historic painted ceiling.
Spiral staircases leading through the first and second floors then out on to the roof. I’m told there are amazing view from the roof, but never got there. I did, however, explore the insides of the towers using alternative routes.
I’m sitting here with the ‘Historic Scotland’ official souvenir guide, having just read about the ‘Family of Ruthven’, their life in- and their eventual forfeit of previously named ‘The House of Ruthven’ to the crown.
For those not fit enough for the difficult access to the castle, there are picnic tables within well kept grounds. Toilets (including disabled) are next to the reception and ticket office. If the weather was poor (I visited on a sunny day) Dobbies garden centre is across the main road with restaurant etc. where you would also be able to park if the on site car park is full.
Price for entry varies and Historic Scotland members get free access. Open daily in summer but only certain days in winter so check the website https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/huntingtower-castle/prices-and-opening-times/