The unfinished, ruined mansion, was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie-Smith. According to differing accounts, it was either a gift for his wife or a home for his son. The historical site was restored by the government - Today, and it becomes a tourist attraction and an intriguing site to explore.
What to Expect?
Kellie’s castle was named after its owner William Kellie Smith a Scottish planter. The castle was designed to replicate the great British Raj palaces in India with Moorish style arches and windows. He built the castle for his beloved wife, Agnes but was not completed when he died in 1926.
Kellie’s Castle was meant to be a home away from home for Scottish Planter, William Kellie Smith in the 20th century. Being far away from home, Kellie desired his new residence to be reminiscent of his home back in Scotland. The castle is perched on top of a hill in what used to be a rubber estate.
William Kellie Smith was an interesting man who was popular with his South Indian workers. Kind at heart, he erected a Hindu shrine for his workers on the castle premises. As a token of appreciation, his workers erected a statue of Kellie complete with a white suit and hat.
Construction of this unique castle began in 1915. However, it came to an abrupt halt with Kellie’s sudden death in 1926. The solitary castle, looks almost surreal in these wild plantations of Perak, it projects a strong personality and an aura of mystery.
Recently, efforts have been made by the Perak State Government to rescue this magnificent structure from the encroaching foliage. Besides being haunted, the castle is believed to have hidden rooms and secret underground tunnels.
The road that leads to Kellie’s Castle follows the contours of the land in a dizzying, maze-like fashion, adding to the mystery and romance of the place.
ma'al mohdin the last week
Old heritage buildings that are also interesting to visit. See unique architecture and history. The important thing is to take a picture for memories maybe only once in your life here 😊
Steve Liena week ago
As a Malaysian I’ve always known this place existed but was never really interested to go visit, but I’m glad I did.
It is quite interesting as they put up signs to explain the fascinating backstory of the original owner, the architecture, and the purpose and detail of each room. It is very pretty too. Not a big place but you’ll spend about 1-1.5 hours here if you go through everything. Recommended
JC Le2 weeks ago
Staff members were all so rude. Paying for admission is at the gate or you don't get in, period. Photographers will insist you need to show your "ticket" to enter the castle. You don't have to. They just want to take a green screen picture of you to try and sell it for later. Cost for entry is reasonable. The washrooms had no soap. Castle was nice to see with signs explaining the sites well. It's interesting to see and worth a stop. Just ignore the staff.
Susan Tay3 weeks ago
After buying Tickets, were told it is compulsory to take photo regardless of whether if purchase later or not. Probably a way to track attendance of tickets purchases. The place has a river running in front of the castle, just like a moat. You cross a bridge to get to the castle. It is incomplete and you get to learn about the history when exploring through each of the rooms and vicinity. You can go right up to the highest level for a view that stretches very far out since the castle is on top of a hill.
Vincent Fung9 months ago
Nothing much to see. Just a ruined castle but entrance fee is cheap at rm5 only. Worth a visit if you happen to be somewhere nearby
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