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4.2   (7,513)


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.

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What to Expect?

Steeped in tragic legend, this monument to British eccentricity stands marooned by the highway, 5km east of Batu Gajah. Known as Kellie’s Folly, the Gothic- and Moorish-style castle was commissioned by wealthy Scottish rubber-plantation owner William Kellie Smith, whose sudden death left it abandoned. It's now reasonably well restored, with a few rooms richly furnished in early 20th-century style. Take in views from the upper floors (note the secret passageway) and watch for ghosts, rumoured to haunt the corridors.

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.

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 Address:   31000, Batu Gajah, Perak

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Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  Reviews 4.2   (7,513)
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    Ai Er Tea

    2 weeks ago

    we came around 4.30pm and found that this place is open till 6.30pm for weekend.
    one things need to highlight that try to park inside. NOT to park at parking lot behind as the bridge connecting to this place is not accessible. no doubt here has more parking lots available. imagine you have to walk out the parking lot under hot sun and walk along the main road in order for you to go in by main entrance. very frustrated such poor arrangement for an tourist spot.
    entrance fee is RM5 per adult.
    Here consider good spot for you to take photo shots.

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    Nyonya Harun

    2 months ago

    An old castle which is full of eerie and interesting stories that you can get more informstion when you google it. The fee charged here is quite high and no special discounts for handicapped and old citizens. Should consider for us as well good facilities should be considered as we the old, sick or handicapped visitors should be given the priorities. Get the wheelchairs ready for us to be transported from one place to another. Have better landscape to make this place looks better and cheerful as many visitors come from all over the world too. Look at Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan and other countries whereby they really make their destinations look welcoming, cheerful and very conducive to visit and enjoy our visit.

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    James Te

    2 months ago

    It is like time fly back to the glory day of the castle owner Williams inviting you to join their party, you are welcome to walk in castle to anywhere as you like, to their bed rooms, wine room, store room and guests rooms, and the most fun part, walking at the rooftop. The weather here not so hot compared to city as nature surrounding the castle with a riverside in front of castle protecting from intruders. Really worth for a visit.

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    Chrisiel Arabit

    4 months ago

    For people who like to see architecture, Kellie's Castle would be good. The second and third floors are mostly refurbished that the brick walls are mostly covered by cement and painted white, a huge contrast to the first floor.

    Many of the place's signage were about ghost stories and are repetitive.

    Also at the entrance, after you pay, they will ask you for a photo "just for documentation purposes". But before you leave the place, they will approach you with your photos printed a put in a frame (with brochures) and sold to you for RM 40.

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    Gary Lee

    6 months ago

    One of the best preserved historical sites in the country. I love how it is kept in a semi-completed state as it was originally unfinished and abandoned after the owner died.

    You can explore the entire building from the basement till the top of the roof with some amazing views from the top of the surrounding countryside.

    Some may view it as a relic of an unpopular representation of Colonialism but to me, it is still part of the history of this country. I hope that more historical sites around Perak and Malaysia are also afforded the same care and investment to maintain and protect them.

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