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Sleeps 6 adults
+ 4 children
Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 3 Pets 2 Welcome Region Morayshire Town/village Grantown-on-Spey
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16th Century Castle, near Grantown-on-Spey (033)

Make sure you take your camera and hiking boots to this delightfully quirky 16th century castle and enjoy some magnificent scenery and mountain walks.

Fully restored in 1985, this picturesque castle provides a magnificent setting to relax and unwind. Looking like a fairytale Scottish castle, standing at the top of a steep bank in an acre of rugged country gardens, it is in fact a typical 16th century Scottish tower house built to a simple L-plan, with a main block of three storeys, a garret and a circular stairway. Associated with the Grant clan, the motto over the entrance door of the castle is - "In God Is all My Trust". The castle has retained many original features and provides a unique setting for all types of occasions.

The ground floor vaulted room, has a well equipped kitchen with dining area, providing an atmospheric setting for guests to enjoy grand banquets or simple suppers. Whilst on the floor above, is the traditionally decorated sitting room, which would have been the Great Hall, which offers the perfect space for evening entertainment. The bedrooms are located on the second, third and fourth floors, and consist of a four poster double room, two twin rooms and two bunkrooms.

With fantastic views over Strathspey and onto the magnificent Cairngorm mountain range, this is a setting to savour, which has proved to be a very popular holiday destination for many people over the years. Beautifully presented and only a short drive from Aviemore, this is one of the loveliest castles to stay in Scotland and the perfect escape for families and activity minded parties alike.  Perfect for family holidays or those looking to enjoy walking the Cairngorms.

**Please note**  

This castle may not be available from 20th June - 11th September 2020, however if you wish to enquire about letting one or more of those weeks please submit your details and we'll be happy to put you on a waiting list. In October we will know whether or not the castle is free to book and can get back in touch with you then to confirm either way.  

The sun room has lovely views and is the perfect spot to relax with a drink The vaulted ground floor room houses the kitchen and dining roomThe kitchen is fully equipped for cooking up a feast for your guestsThe former Great Hall is located at first floor level and is now the sitting room with an open fireStoke up a roaring fire and relax with you friends after a long day in the Scottish wildsThe castle still retains many original features such as it's turnpike stairsAccess to the bathroom and four poster on the second floorThe utility and drying room is next door to the sun room.

Living Space

Reception rooms

Accessed via a stone spiral staircase, what would have been the Great Hall on the first floor is now the sitting room. This wood panelled room with open fire has comfortable seating and a TV. Whilst the windows are small as you would expect for a 16th century castle, the views are tremendous. At ground level, beyond the vaulted kitchen/dining room, there is an additional room, which has been added in the space created between the castle and an outbuilding. This is a sun room, with a glass roof and side panels, which warms up nicely in the summer months, but less so in the winter.

Kitchen / Dining

The vaulted kitchen is located at ground level and consists of a kitchen/dining room. With a traditional whitewash arched vaulted ceiling, a modest clad-pine kitchen has been fitted to the shape of the room. There are electric hobs and an integral oven and grill, with dishwasher and fridge freezer – in fact everything you would expect to facilitate 8/10 people. A large pine table and matching chairs can seat the group in comfort during your stay, whether it be a simple supper or a medieval feast. There is a utility room beyond the sun room.

  • 4 Stars, Rated by Visit Scotland
  • BBQ
  • Bed, Four Poster
  • CD Player
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire
  • Oven, hob, electric
  • Parking, 5 cars
  • Payphone
  • Sun Room
  • TV
  • Views, stunning
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Castle, stunning
  • EPC Rating = F
 This is a fine bedroom with a lovely four poster double bed and feature bathWithin the four poster bedroom is the unusual feature of a bath and hand basinBoth twin bedrooms are on the 3rd floor of this castle and enjoy great viewsThere are lots and places to escape in this unique holiday homeThis stylish twin room has a built in vanity unit and cosy window seatingShared bathroom at the castleCheck out the tartan walls in the bunk room

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 6 + 4

Accommodation is provided for a group of 6 adults and 4 children in 5 bedrooms, with 2 bathrooms and 1 shower room, as follows:

Second floor - double bed room, with four poster double bed, with free-standing bath and wash hand basin within the room; bunk room, with double bunk bed for 2 children; shower room, with separate shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin..

Third floor - twin room, with two single beds and wash hand basin; bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin; twin room, with two single beds and wash hand basin.

Fourth Floor - bunk room, with double bunk bed for 2 children.

  • 2 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 2 Bunk Bedroom With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Four Poster Double Bedroom With Feature Bath
This attractive 16th century castle is a fantastic holiday getawayThis quirky castle is the perfect place to unwind and relax in a wonderful setting.Self catering castle in Scotland with Visit Scotland 4 star ratingPart of the drive that takes you up to the castle

Grounds & Surrounds

This ancient fortress sits on a hill with magnificent views of the surrounding area, set in an acre of grounds which have been left to rough grass and stone walls, all well maintained.

It's just one mile from Dulnain Bridge where you'll find a village store and some other local services.  Aviemore is 12 miles which is where you'll find your nearest supermarket, shops, pubs, restaurants and activity centres.  

The Craggan outdoor Centre is a must for families to visit as it hosts a range of activities for all ages from golf, fishing, clay-pigeon shooting and quad biking.  

The Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Rothiemurchus, Kincraig Wildlife Park and the Cairngorms for skiing are just some of the many activities for all of the family found here. In addition to cycling, walking and climbing. The Glenmore Visitor Centre near Loch Morlich would be a good place to start and has a shop, cafe and activities. 

From an historic perspective you could also try visiting Ballindalloch Castle & Gardens based halfway between the towns of Grantown-on-Spey and Aberlour. 

It may be helpful for guests to note that the drive which is not sealed is shared with the local farmer and is fine for standard cars but may not be as suited to low slung vehicles. 


Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen & towels and electricity. Linen is provided for the bunk beds but not made up.

Notes & Warnings

**Please note**  

This castle may not be available from 20th June - 11th September 2020, however if you wish to enquire about letting one or more of those weeks please submit your details and we'll be happy to put you on a waiting list. In October we will know whether or not the castle is free to book and can get back in touch with you then to confirm either way.  


Please note: due to the historic layout with a steep stone turnpike stairway, the castle is not suitable for unsupervised children, wheelchair users or people with restricted mobility.

Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair. Please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting this item so the owner knows to put one out for you on arrival.

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property only.

Additional logs can be purchased from the castle store, please confirm this and the cost with the housekeeper prior to arrival, alternatively the Petrol Station in Grantown may have stocks.

All bedrooms and bathroom/shower room are centrally heated.


The picturesque town of Grantown-upon-Spey was formed in 1765 and is located on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park between Aviemore and Elgin. The highlights of the area are many but the river Spey defines this area. Fishing for salmon is very popular, as is walking the Speyside Way and of course, there is the Malt Whisky Trail to visit as many of the famous Speyside whisky distilleries as you can. The town offers a range of activities to suit all the family with an 18-hole golf course and an outdoor centre at Craggan Mill. The Landmark Forest Adventure Park and the Steam Train to Aviemore offers further family activities. Travelling to Aviemore and gaining access to the Cairngorms for winter sports or summer walking, could not be easier.


Located in the Highlands on the north coast of Scotland, Moray is one of the smaller of Scotland’s counties. There are some mountainous features including Bin Hill, but its main draw is the magnificent coastline, along the Moray Firth. Dolphin watching is most popular, with boat trips available to spot the many sea creatures that frequent the area. Seals, porpoises and the occasional whale have been seen in the Firth. The area of Culbin Sands, Culbin Forest and Findhorm Bay is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and the Sands are an RSPB Reserve. The county is in the heart of Whisky country, with a vast number of distilleries in the area, including the historic Dallas Dhu, pristinely preserved and open to the public. For real enthusiasts, the Whisky Trail takes in many of the local distilleries in this area and is worth investigating! Towns and villages in the county include the fishing town of Lossiemouth on the north coast; Elgin, the historic city, home to the dramatic Elgin Cathedral ruins; and Forres, home to Brodie Castle and the Falconer Museum. Other attractions in the area include Spynie Palace, the former residence of the Bishop of Moray, Knockando Wool mill at Aberlour. 

Highlands and Islands

This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found. 


Area Morayshire Type of location Private Estate Nearest shop 3 miles Nearest supermarket 12 miles Nearest pub 0.8 mile miles
Nearest Airport
Inverness 34 miles
Nearest Train Station
Aviemore 12 miles
View of the beautiful countryside with mountains beyondThe kids will love catching a glimpse of the steam train chuffing across the landscapeGrantown-on-Spey is nearby with a good range of shops, pubs and other activities


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21st March 2019 Great 

The Castle was wonderful, and in a beautiful setting. It is well set out and well equipt. If we were to suggest anything at all for improvement, we found the mattresses in the twin rooms really lumpy and the living room chimney may need sweeping as it smells. But other than that. Fantastic!! I have already recommended it to everyone I tell.

19th June 2018 Great 

Really excellent accommodation - the ambiance and facilities are first class and the location make it a perfect venue for exploring that part of Scotland. The kitchen is spacious and well appointed with plenty of cooking utensils and plates. The Great Hall takes 8 guests with ease and is a great place to relax - as is the sun room in the day time. The spiral staircase is great fun and excellent for cardio exercise. Could have done with a few more black bags, and cleaning products in the toilets (a week is a long time) - otherwise just about everything was there.
Charging for WiFi after the paying the not inexpensive weekly cost of the castle we found sad and cheap - didn't affect us as there is 4G - but our foreign guests were inconvenienced - hence lose a star. (Tip - make your mobile phone into a hub and others can give others WiFi for free!)
Muckrach Lodge next door - well half a mile away - is superb for an evening meal out if you don't fancy cooking. Similar ambiance and great staff.

Service rating : Oh dear. So sorry to hear you didn't like our payment terms. We ask for a deposit of 30% to confirm the booking which is standard practice in this industry and the balance 8 weeks prior to the holiday. It would be good to be able to offer flexible payment terms but we're contracted to pay the owners within certain timeframes.

As far as the security bond goes, owners have 7 days following a guests departure to notify us of an issue. If we've not heard from them by midnight on the 7th day, the bond gets released back to guests on the next working day. This means in reality it could fall on the 9th or 10th day depending on when the weekend falls. I'm really sorry if this hadn't been made clear to you and we will look at our paperwork to see how this can be better explained.

We'd love to welcome you back another time so please do ask about our Loyalty Discount next time you wish to book a holiday through us.

Product : I've passed your comments onto the Estate Office and recommended they upgrade their broadband connection to unlimited wifi. In the meantime, I've asked they provide us with details of the charges so we can mention it on the website to avoid any surprises. I've also recommended they supply plenty of cleaning products for guests in future! Many thanks for your constructive feedback, it really helps everyone to continually improve. Glad to hear you enjoyed your holiday - the spiral staircase is most certainly a good workout!

22nd February 2018 Excellent 

We have stayed before 10 years prior and our expectations where not disappointed... live live live it here we booked for next year as soon as we got home.

Service rating : Thank you very much for your comments, congratulations on your wedding too! It’s great to hear we could help you relive some fond memories and it’s fab that you’re all booked in for next year already.

Product : We totally agree the Castle is wonderful and we’re delighted that your return was one to remember. The Castle awaits your next visit – thank goodness it won’t be a decade to return this time. Thank you again for your comments.

11th November 2017 Excellent 

Sehr schön und angenehm. Gut beheizt.

Service rating : Thanks for your five star review! We're very pleased you found our service both prompt and straightforward. We hope to help again. 

Product : Sounds like you had a great time at the castle, great to hear you found it nice and warm too! 

19th October 2017 Excellent 

Great experience, authentic surroundings

Service rating : Many thanks for your review, we're delighted you rated the service five stars and all of your needs were met for such a special stay. We hope we can help again in the future.

Product : We're delighted to hear you had a great experience in this authentic and magical castle

18th August 2017 Excellent 

We loved our castle. It was super clean, modernized but without losing its 16th century charm.

Service rating : So glad to hear you found the payment process easy and convenient to use, thank you for your review.

Product : Thank you for your kind words, it’s always nice to hear when our guests love the property they stay in. Hopefully we can tempt you back in the future so don’t forget we offer a loyalty discount to our Scotts guests.

21st March 2017 Excellent 

What can you say about staying in your own tower house. What a fantastic experience. Comfortable, huge kitchen and great hall with a fireplace. Room for 10 with bedrooms on each level up the tower. Even the heating and water pressure were perfect.
It is the experience of a lifetime; definately book this property.....
We will be back...

Service rating : Glad to hear you found our directions and information concise and clear, rating our service five stars. Please don't hesitate to re contact us in the future, if you plan any further trips around the UK.

Product : Thank you for your review, sounds like you all had a fantastic time at this castle, finding the heating and water pressure perfect too! It sounds like you all have some memories to cherish forever, please let us know if you ever wish to return :)

24th February 2016 Excellent 

Fantastic , fantabulous .....a wonderful place to share with friends or/and families

Service rating : Thank you so much for the great feedback, it was lovely to help with your plans for the holiday!
Product : We agree! This fairy tale castle is perfect for a special get together, so glad it was all you hoped for and we would be delighted to help with any future holiday plans.

9th October 2015 Excellent 

Beautiful castle and stunning location. The master bedroom complete with 4 poster bed was superb. Everything we needed and the town nearby, Grantown on Spey had a lovely range of shops and cafes. Weather could not have been better too. Would certainly use Scotts Castles again and maybe even the same castle!

Service rating : Super to hear you found our team well organized and helpful with your holiday plans! Some of the staff here had stayed in this beautiful castle so great they could pass on some first hand experience for you! We hope to hear from you again in the future should you wish to re book.
Product : Totally agree the castle is beautiful and the view over the countryside are stunning! It sounds like you all had a lovely time at this magical property and managed to make the most of the unpredictable weather too .. glad it stayed dry! We are delighted to hear you would re book with us again and we look forward to offering your 5% loyalty discount next time too!

15th August 2015 Excellent 

The castle looks great when you first see it from the main road and turn up the dirt track.
It is an interesting and atmospheric place to stay but also well equipped for modern living. The kitchen is spacious and well kitted out and the upstairs living room has a large open fire and is great for use in the evening. The top shower is a little weak and the building feels dark inside - but then it is a castle! The sunroom makes up for the lack of light in the main building. It feels splendidly isolated but is handy for everything in the northern cairngorms area and the supermarket in Grantown. The restaurant in the hotel nearby is very good for a night out. One criticism is that although there is a washing machine, there is no dryer and no where to dry anything.
We had a great time and would highly recommend it.

Service rating : Glad we were able to help find your perfect castle holiday, and that all the relevant booking information along the way helped with the plans for the trip.
Product : Sounds like a great stay was had by all in this quirky tower, and glad to hear you also made the most of the fantastic mountain walks nearby! All feedback is very appreciated so that we may pass on any suggestions to our owners, and if you are interested in re-booking for your next trip please don’t hesitate to get back in touch.

6th July 2015 Excellent 

We absolutely loved the castle. The kitchen and great hall provided lovely gathering space for our group yet there were plenty of bedrooms to allow individual privacy. Everything was spotless, everything worked, the decor was beautiful and the grounds nicely kept. Thank you so much for everything and we hope to return again next year.

Service rating : So pleased to hear you had a pleasant booking experience and found the website informative. Hopefully we may be able to help with your holiday plans again sometime!
Product : Having stayed hear myself I totally agree, the decor and grounds are lovely and its a lovely castle and a great base for groups! So pleased you had a nice time, should you ever wish to return please don't hesitate to get back in touch!

29th May 2015 Excellent 

Excellent week for the 3rd consecutive year. Already booked up for 2016.

Service rating : As always it was lovely to be of assistance with your holiday plans again! We look forward to hearing from you in the future ..
Product : Great to hear you had an excellent holiday and we are sure you will have another great trip next year too!

31st January 2015 Excellent 

The castle was superb - we had a magical weekend and kids and adults alike all agreed that we have come away with some great memories of a fun celebration in an amazing place! It snowed in the night just after we arrived so thank you for the use of the sledges - thought that was a lovely touch! We found the castle very cosy and comfortable and well equipped.

Thank you for your lovely feedback, and glad to hear your group enjoyed the birthday celebrations in this beautiful castle! We have also now updated our online enquiry form so guests can ask us to respond via email or by telephone and also select a suitable time for us to get in touch. We would be delighted to assist with planning your next family holiday, please feel free to get back in touch with us again.

21st January 2015 Excellent 

The castle was fantasticl. Fabulous location and wonderful atmosphere inside.
Lovely, cosy and warm - super accomodation with everything we needed.
Thank you.

So pleased to hear you enjoyed this fabulous castle and found it to be warm and cosy throughout your holiday!

We would love to help with any future holiday plans you may have .. great to hear you thought our service was friendly and efficient. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us again!

19th November 2014 Excellent 

Fabulous place to stay - spotlessly clean and very comfortable

Thank you for your feedback, glad you found or booking process easy and service informative.

Glad you all had an amazing time, enjoying the blend castle and comfort this property has to offer! We hope we can be of help again in the near future!

Naomi Ashwell
Scotts Castle Holidays

29th May 2014 Excellent 

everyone loved the castle and location perfect for the celebration we had planned.

We are delighted to hear that everyone had a brilliant time at the castle for your special occasion!

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us again if you would like any future help.

Scotts Castle Holidays

25th May 2014 Excellent 

Castle excellent value for money. All the fishing party were impressed. Already booked for 2015

Many thanks for your great feedback, and lovely to hear your group enjoyed the stay in this beautiful castle. Hope you are looking forward to your next trip!

Scotts Castle Holidays

7th May 2014 Great 

Location was excellent, castle set in some lovely countryside with excellent scenery.
Will be back.

Thank you for your feedback its much appreciated. So pleased to hear that you had an excellent stay at this castle.

If you wish to re book, do get in touch and we would be happy to offer you our loyalty discount against your next booking. (T &C's apply)

Scotts Castle Holidays

30th April 2014 Excellent 

This was a magical holiday for all three families! The castle was very well equipped and brilliantly positioned to visit the Cairngorms. It was well furnished in style and yet friendly and welcoming. A great experience all round!

Excellent to hear you found our office helpful and enjoyed your stay at this beautiful castle as much as we did!

Please don't hesitate to get back in touch with us again in the future if we can help with any further plans and thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback.

Scotts Castle Holidays

29th January 2014 Excellent 

The one area which could be improved upon concerns the equipment. There are for example only 13 forks (small and large) yet the castle could have 10 guests so should have at least 20.There are only 2 serving spoons. A small tray would also be useful. The fire still smokes! This is making the curtains somewhat sooty looking.

Nice to speak with you following your birthday celebrations at the castle, I am so pleased the family enjoyed the return visit.

Thank you for the additional comments regarding the chimney and equipment available at the castle, we will catch up with the castle administrators and hopefully with your feedback they can investigate fully, I’ll update you when I hear back from them.

Look forward to welcoming you back next year.

Scotts Castle Holidays

23rd May 2013 Excellent 

Excellent property which lived up to and beyond our expectations. It was so well equipped and well decorated. As the property description details, most of the stairwell is quite steep and narrow and anyone elderly may find these quited difficult. Our 75 year old member of our party managed but was concerned.

we always appreciate hearing guests first hand experiences and we are delighted to hear you had a lovely stay! We hope we can help with future holiday plans.

Scotts Castle Holidays

22nd February 2013 Excellent 

a very good venue for a family get together. Also the castle is situated in an area in which there is lots to do. My family go off and each do their own thing.

Many thanks for your feedback following your stay at Muckrach Castle, we appreciate hearing of first hand experiences, and will pass your comments on to the owner. We are delighted to hear you had another lovely stay at the property, and hope we can welcome you back soon for a return trip. Don’t forget the Loyalty Discount for returning clients!

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