Huntingtower Castle, Perth, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Huntingtower, an intriguing castle near Perth in central Scotland.

Key features are:

  • Comprised of two,formerly detached, substantial tower houses made to look like a single mansion in the late 17th century. The close proximity of the two tower houses built at roughly the same time is very unusual. Reason may be connected with division of lands between two sons of Sir William Ruthven in 1480.
  • The two tower houses appear to have been built around 1500.
  • Historically associated with two noble Scottish families: the Ruthvens and, following their downfall in 1600, the Murrays (Earls of Tullibardine and then Dukes of Atholl).Prior to 1600 the property was known as Place of Ruthven but the Ruthven name was abolished on Royal instigation in 1600 and thereafter the name of the property was changed to its present style.
  • Mary Queen of Scots stayed at Huntingtower in 1565 whilst on honeymoon with Lord Darnley.
  • The castle contains painted walls and ceilings dating from the early 16th century.The painted ceiling was discovered in 1913, This is located in the first floor hall of the east tower and ranks as one of the oldest Scottish tempera-painted ceilings in existence. The first floor hall contains traces of painted wall plaster with representations of hare/rabbit, running deer, an angel, a nude figure, lion and a bird.
  • A dovecote built into the top floor of the west tower.
  • Today, a colony of bats live in the castle including pipistrelle, long-eared and natterer’s.

Equine figure painted on plaster. 16th century.

Hare or rabbit painted on wall plaster. Dates from 16th century.

Decorated ceiling in East Tower. This dates from around 1540.

West Tower, Huntingtower Castle, Scotland

First and second floor chambers in the West Tower.

Overall, this castle is conveniently situated for touring in central Scotland and is deserving of a visit. Managed by Historic Scotland.

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