Murthly Castle Chapel

Murthly Castle Chapel

Murthly Castle is situated in a spectacular and unique position in the historic heart of Scotland, on the banks of the River Tay. Standing in a wonderful parkland setting, the castle dates from the 14th century.

The castle is steeped in history and was originally built as a royal hunting lodge. It is rumoured that Bonnie Prince Charlie took refuge in one of the towers after the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-46, and in the 1830s and 1840s Native Americans lived there for a short time. The castle is still a private family home, inhabited by the same family since 1615.

Murthly Estate extends to some 12,000 acres with extensive formal grounds around the castle, which were laid out from the 1660s onwards. The approach to the castle is via a two-mile long drive, which leads you through beautiful parkland, containing some of the tallest and most impressive trees in Scotland.

Situated in the heart of the estate, the 17th century Chapel of St. Anthony the Eremite stands majestically at the top of a steep bank, from where there are views of the River Tay (one of Scotland's finest salmon rivers) and Birnam Hill (which appears in Shakespeare's play Macbeth).

A double row of yew trees, some over 500 years old, takes you on a short walk from the castle to the chapel.

Address: Murthly Castle Chapel, Murthly & Strathbraan Estates, Murthly, PH1 4HP