Historic Scotland Free Weekend 12 – 13 April 2008

Elcho Castle, Perthshire

It’s Historic Scotland’s annual free weekend 12 – 13 April 2008. There’s free entry to historic properties all over Scotland. As well as favourites such as Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle, why not venture a little off the beaten track to some less well known castles?

Elcho Castle is a well preserved 16th century castle by the River Tay, a few miles south east of Perth. It belonged to the Wemyss family until they gifted it to the nation in 1929 I have to admit that I’d not heard of Elcho Castle before I visited in April 2007. I think it is well worth a visit as the building is fairly intact and it’s in a lovely setting.

Edzell Castle, Angus

Edzell Castle and Gardens is located a few miles north west of Brechin.Much of the castle is ruined but the red sandstone is very beautiful. For me the garden is the main attraction. It was constructed in 1604, you can still see the coat of arms and the date above the entrance to the gardens. The garden walls are truly amazing with sculptures depicting virtues such as patience, constance and prudence as well as Roman Gods. The Summer House at one corner of the garden is still intact; this is where the family would retire after meals to eat sweetmeats at the round stone table.

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Hello, I'm Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews. Iā€™m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels