Another place to soak in the history.
So yet another place included in our Explorer Pass, another stamp in my brochure. Did I mention that? Maybe not... they have a brochure that they stamp when you visit a site. Sadly, I did not get my stamp at Edinburgh Castle because they ran out of pamphlets. Everybody got their stamps? Good, let's proceed.
So we enter through this door that leads to what looks like a classroom. What the eff is this? Is this what the whole castle is going to look like? I was expecting old and falling apart stone, not grade school classroom with children's art/science experiments strewn about... (I'm not against children, I just thought this was the opposite of what I was expecting).
In through another door. Ah. Here's the history. There is no audio guide, if there was, I didn't get one. Rather we just wandered around reading the signs on the walls. I went up a stone staircase on one side of the building. I read about the room and took pictures of the ceilings. When it came time to explore the other side, I stopped short of this wooden staircase joining the two towers. I am normally not scared of heights, but something about this wooden staircase scared me. It's between the two buildings... is it safe? Everyone else seemed okay. I read about a young lady who lived there that jumped across from one building to the next. I can't even cross a staircase built to join the two. Wow.
Up on the roof, lovely view. There is no gift shop or cafe for me to eat a scone, but it has nice grounds to wander.
Huntingtower Castle is to be found just west of Perth beside the junction of the A9 and the A85 Crieff road. Both the grounds and the castle are beautifully cared for and the staff are very knowledgable and friendly.
Essentially, the castle is 'ruins', although there is still a lot to discover and you can walk right up to the roof. there is a room that is laid out for weddings - what a lovely place to get married.
No tea shop or anything spectacular in the way of a large gift shop and the gardens themselves are rather small.
We went on a 'heritage weekend', which meant that it was free entrance, so look out for other offers. Normal entry is approx £5 I think.
Watch out for the bats who live in the roof....
Costs to get in but you can get in the grounds for free. The lady that works there is very nice. If you walk further down the road next to the castle you will come across an area where lovely drinking water comes out. This is a nice area to have a picnic or go for a bike ride
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