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Muckrach Castle

Dulnain Bridge, The Highlands
Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Luxury
Four Poster
Castles
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Unique family property in the Cairngorms National Park
  • 16th-century castle lovingly renovated into a contemporary property
  • Master bedroom in fairytale-style turrets with vintage four-poster bed
  • Unique kitchen with vaulted ceiling and large dining table
  • Conservatory offering landscape views of Scottish Highlands
  • Set within one acre of grounds
Property code: CA244

A unique stay to excite all the family, discover the mysterious spiral staircases, fairy tale turrets and original 16th-century transcriptions in this stunning converted castle.

Built by the second son of John Grant of Freuchie in 1598, this tower house is steeped in history and oozes traditional charm. Settle into this magnificent castle for a magical escape and climb the spiralling staircase to gawp at the spectacular views over Strathspey. Standing tall in the Cairngorm National Park, a recognised AONB, find yourself amongst challenging hikes, strolling spots and close to wonderful wildlife including golden eagles and otters. For the sporty guests amongst you, dust off your salopettes and pay the School of Snowsports a visit to cruise down the slopes in style.

Greeted by the quirky structure and fairy tale turrets of this 16th-century abode, step inside and kick your shoes off in the front entrance. Head into the kitchen/diner for a warming cup of tea and begin making exciting adventure plans for the days ahead. Experiment with hearty flavours and cook up a storm for all to enjoy in this large space which has a cavernous feel due to its curved exposed brick ceiling. Dine communally at the table which comfortably seats ten and raise a glass to holidaying in the Highlands! Step down into the conservatory where you can put your feet up and unwind in this light, bright room. Floor to ceiling patio doors let the outside in and welcome views across the Cairngorms, creating a tranquil environment.

Climb the staircase to the first floor where the Great Hall awaits. Settle down on cosy sofas and admire the charming antique pine panelling; lap up the warmth from the log burning stove. This room is great for relaxing, yet sociable evenings and the traditional features tell tales of years gone by, reminding you of your fabulous location and setting.

Spiralling up to the second, third and fourth floors, you can find a romantic four poster room, two twin bedrooms and two Tower bunk rooms. Each room is sumptuously decorated to ensure a restful, rejuvenating night’s sleep. Two rooms have bunk beds so younger guests can enjoy fun holiday sleepovers and play games together before snuggling off to doze.

Unfortunately, the layout and spiralling staircase at this tower-house mean it is not accessible for those with mobility issues or who rely on wheelchair access.

Boasting an acre of land, brew a delicious mug of coffee and head out in the morning for a stroll around the grounds. A dose of Scottish fresh air is a sure-fire way to get your day off to a good start.

 

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £250 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 5 bedrooms: 1 double bedroom, 2 twin bedrooms and 2 bunk bedrooms, ideally suited to children
  • 2 bathrooms: 1 family bathroom with shower-over-bath and WC. Roll-top bath in master bedroom and wash basins in both twin bedrooms, 1 WC on ground floor  
  • Fridge, freezer, electric oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • TV with video and DVD, CD and digital radio, iPod dock
  • Open fire  -first basket of logs included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • General store 1 mile, local town 3 miles, pub 4 miles
  • Please note this property has narrow spiral staircases which may not be not be suitable for guests with walking difficulties

Entertain the troops and head 6 miles to the Landmark Forest Adventure Park for a family-friendly day. Learn fun facts and marvel at the inhabitants of the Dinosaur Kingdom, venture into the Lost Labyrinth and reward yourself with panoramic views if you dare climb the 105 steps of the Forest Tower.

For a gentler day, navigate the Scottish Highlands by steam train and hop on the Strathspey Steam Railway which was brought back to life in 1978 and is just 14 miles from home. Hear the guards whistle and set off on your adventure, exploring the area as people would have done in years gone by. Treat yourself to an afternoon tea or experience life in the officer's saloon!

Hit the slopes at the School of Snowsports in Aviemore, 15 miles from your door where you can ski, snowboard or simply sledge through snowy landscapes. Brush up on old skills or try your hand at something new and impress fellow guests with tricks and jumps!

If you don't wish to jump in the car, a whole host of exciting walks lie close to home in the Cairngorms National Park. Pack up a picnic, grab your coat and step out to discover glassy lochs, native wildlife and majestic moorland.

This property is personally managed by Carol.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Ms Mendoza August 2019

After a few days in bustling London and Edinburgh, the slow pace of the country was just what we wanted. Our family enjoyed our favorite evenings together, playing Bananagrams and working on a jigsaw puzzle. We visited the Rothimurchus Centre, and the Reindeer Centre, for full days, and enjoyed home-cooked meals using the well-appointed kitchen at Read morethe castle. Hide

Reviewed by Ms Patton June 2019

A group of friends stayed here to go hiking in nearby area. Everyone was blown away by the stunning castle and location! It was such a treat for a reasonable cost! Need to be careful on the staircases up to the rooms but it really confirmed you were actually in a castle! We ate in both nights and had all the equipment required. Obviously a quiet loRead morecation given the thickness of the stone walls and no neighbours! Water pressure in top shower is quite low but that is to be expected. An amazing break and photos, enjoy! Hide

Reviewed by Mr Darras April 2019

Perfect stay for a large family, only prerogative is to love doing stairs :) Lovely traditional architecture and interior decorations. Very tranquil surroundings and many things to discover in the cairngorms.

Reviewed by Miss Kinghorn December 2018

We had a fantastic New Year at Muckrach Castle. We arrived to a beautifully clean and very cosy castle. We were supplied with everything we needed (although a coffee machine would be an added bonus!). We were a stone's throw away from Muckrach Country House Hotel which was excellent on New Year's Day for our brunch and then a stagger back. We also Read moreenjoyed visiting Loch Morlich and walking the dogs as well as visiting the excellent Old Bridge Inn pub near Aviemore. Hide

Reviewed by Mr Logan October 2018

Had a wonderful week at Muckrach during the October school week. Kids thought the living room was like the Griffindor Common Room from Harry Potter. If you fancy something a wee bit different, I would highly recommend. Iain

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Location

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From the isolated and peaceful Shetland Islands in the north to the thriving border towns and cities in the south, across wild mountains and serene lochs, and encompassing over 700 islands, Scotland’s rich and dramatic landscape simply must be seen to be appreciated. Scotland is home to the ten highest mountains in the UK – including Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak – and is bordered by three seas, offering epic scenery unlike any other you may have seen.

Whether you choose to explore the Highlands, lowlands or islands, lovers of the great outdoors will be thrilled by the stunning Scottish landscapes where some of the rarest UK wildlife can be glimpsed, including golden eagles, dolphins and whales. Take a road trip on the North Coast 500, Scotland’s version of Route 66, to experience the sheer beauty of the land’s wilderness or, as Scotland is the home of golf, either tee off at one of the 550 courses across parkland, heathland and links courses.

Scotland is also a land of unique culture where the people are renowned for their incredible warmth and hospitality. Experience the peaceful Isle of Lewis where Scots Gaelic is widely spoken, or immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen which are vibrant with thriving arts scenes, delicious restaurants and bustling nightlife. And no trip to Scotland is complete without exploring the castles and distilleries: learn about clan rivalries or bloody battles amongst 13th-century battlements or try a taste of Scotland itself during a tour of one of the 120 whisky distilleries. Pure Scottish culture in a glass.

With so many beautiful places to visit and things to experience, a break to Scotland should not be missed. Our fantastic Scottish holiday cottages will ensure a truly memorable getaway. Whether it’s a dog-friendly countryside cottage for two, or a vast and resplendent castle for the entire clan on a tranquil island, we have a holiday in Scotland to suit everyone.

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