Moncur Castle, Perth and Kinross
North of Inchture
Moncur Castle is a ruined 16th century three storey Z-plan tower house which once had a court yard surrounded by a defensive ditch, both long since disappeared. Today its hidden away in woods and covered in ivy within a sea of nettles and thick brambles. The location of the castle is not a strong defensive one on low lying agricultural land.
The exact origin of the name Moncur is uncertain. As it resembles the French word 'coeur', meaning 'heart', some have speculated whether it meant ‘My Heart’. The place Moncur is west of Dundee. Its meaning possibly derives from something like ‘the heart shaped hill’. The Moncurs of that Ilk flourished around Perthshire, and their Castle of Moncur was in the parish of Inchture in the Carse of Gowrie. An accidental fire in 1691 burned the property down and it was never repaired.
Incredibly this wonderful ruined castle is located right next to the busy A90 shielded by trees, long forgotten and seldom visited. To access the castle you will need find the b-road that runs alongside the busy road and the former gatehouse to the estate upon which it sits. Here you can park your car and take a stroll onto the estate following the tarmac road that takes you out across open fields. Keeping the A90 and tree-line to your left you will eventually come to a small burn. Head towards the tree-line around the field with the burn on your right handside and you will eventually arrive at a lovely forgotten stone bridge to cross. From here head into the corner where the trees edge the field into the woods that surround the castle.