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Methven looks like a child’s picture of a castle - a tower at each corner, each with a pretty ogee roof. This was where Queen Margaret, widow of James IV of Scotland and daughter of the English King Henry VII, lived for 28 years following James' death at the disastrous Battle of Flodden in 1513. Later Methven fell into disrepair and it was painstakingly renovated by an architect, Ken Murdoch, in the 1980s.

Ken and his wife Anna still live in the castle. They are extremely knowledgeable about the castle and its history, and will happily give you a guided tour.

Accommodation: One appropriately and simply furnished room, complete with four poster bed and en suite shower and WC in one of the towers.

Costs: The price is GBP 55 per person.

Dinner: Not provided but there are plenty good restaurants in Perth.

Local Area: The castle is well placed for exploring west to the Trossachs, north to Loch Tay and south to Stirling.

Access: About five miles west of Perth. An hour's drive from Edinburgh Airport. One hour 20 mins from Glasgow.

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