Elcho Castle is one of my favorite castles. It is a beautiful old castle set beside a picturesque river and is close to where we like to stay when in Scotland. I got a press release this morning from Historic Scotland about an event happening this weekend and it sounds like a lovely Autumn event so I thought I’d pass it on.
CELEBRATE AUTUMN’S RICH HARVEST AND APPLE DAY AT ELCHO CASTLE’S HISTORIC ORCHARD
This weekend, come along to Elcho Castle to celebrate the riches of autumn and the diversity of the harvest from the property’s outstanding historic orchard at a fun, family ‘Apple Day’.
Near Bridge of Earn, Elcho – which is one of Scotland’s best-preserved 16th-century tower houses – is hosting the event on Saturday 16th October from 10am to 3pm. ‘Apple Day’ offers a tempting selection of activities for all ages to enjoy – from apple picking, tasting and pressing, and fruit displays and expert advice on growing fruit, to children’s nature activities with the Historic Scotland Rangers.
Visitors are invited to bring along an apple-themed recipe, picture, poem, quotation or personal thought to hang up on a tree in their own celebration of apples.
Elcho Castle’s ‘Apple Day’ is being run as part of the Carse of Gowrie Festival, in conjunction with the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership. The event is included in the normal admission price (Adult £3.20, Child £1.90, Concession £2.70, and free for Historic Scotland members), and it’s a great opportunity to make the most of your visit by exploring Elcho Castle and enjoying the distinctive features of this fascinating property in a tranquil setting on the River Tay.
Elcho was built around the time of the Protestant Reformation in 1560 by a member of the family of Wemyss of that Ilk. The family could trace their lineage back to the 12th century. A descendant of the builder of Elcho was created Lord Wemyss of Elcho in 1628 and Earl of Wemyss in 1633.
There is little history attached to the castle. It simply served as a fine house in the country for the laird and his lady, their family and servants, who lived mainly at their chief seat, Wemyss Castle, on the coast of Fife. By the mid-18th century, Elcho was no longer being used as a noble residence at all, but repairs carried out by the 8th Earl in about 1830 secured its future, and in 1929 the 11th Earl entrusted it into state care. Elcho is of particular interest as showing the transition from castle to mansion building in Scotland. The castle manages to combine an imposing exterior with an interior that provided the noble occupants and their guests with considerable comfort and privacy.