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Muckrach Castle

Grantown on Spey, Speyside

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Muckrach Castle offers a unique self-catering experience in Speyside in the Scottish Highlands, standing proudly within its own grounds overlooking the River Dulnain. Located just 4 miles from Grantown-on-Spey this splendid rural retreat provides outstanding views over the Spey Valley and the Cairngorm Mountains.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
Licence No: HI-70391-F
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi
Overview

This striking tower house commands attention on the horizon, visible from the road. As you approach via a short country track (0.2 miles), the castle seamlessly blends contemporary elegance and timeless rustic charm.

Dating back to 1583, this fully restored sixteenth-century castle was the ancestral home of the Grants of Rothiemurchus. It remained in ruins for centuries until its restoration between 1978 and 1985, when a stone bearing the family arms was returned from Rothiemurchus and set above the door.

The accommodation is arranged over four main floors and two tower rooms, accessible by spiral stone stairs. The ‘Great Hall’ on the first floor, with its antique pine panelling, cosy window seats and wood-burning stove provides a comfortable and inviting space for relaxation and entertainment, complete with a TV and DVD player.

The second floor features a master bedroom suite with an antique four-poster bed, a free-standing bath, and a shower room close by with a WC. This shower room is also accessible from the twin and bunk rooms on the upper floors.

The third floor houses a tower bunk room with bunk beds and distinctive tartan décor adds a touch of quirkiness. On the fourth floor, you will find two further twin bedrooms, each with wash-hand basins and window seats with a view. There is also a bathroom on this level.

A few steps above the fourth floor, another tower bunk room provides additional sleeping options. Muckrach Castle offers central heating in the bedrooms and bathrooms, and portable oil-filled radiators to ensure a cosy stay in all seasons.

Conveniently, at the entrance to the castle you will find a vestibule for coats and shoes, leading to a magnificent, vaulted stone kitchen and dining room. The fully equipped kitchen, with a large table seating ten, is perfect for family gatherings, culinary delights and special occasions.

Next to the kitchen, the conservatory offers a serene space for relaxation, with large patio doors opening to an enclosed lawn area. A small stone spiral stair leads to the utility room, complete with a washing machine and tumble dryer for added convenience.

Outside, the castle garden invites exploration and relaxation. The grounds offer ample parking for at least 4 cars. Due to the unique and historic nature of the building, with steep and winding stone stairs to the bedrooms, Muckrach Castle is not suitable for those with mobility issues and young children should be supervised on the stairs. Free Wi-Fi is provided, though the castle’s thick walls may limit its reach in some areas.

Muckrach Castle is ideally suited for family holidays, celebrations and special occasions, tranquil retreats, or adventurous getaways in the Cairngorms. It can also cater for small wedding ceremonies.

Map & Local

Situated between Grantown-on-Spey (4 miles) and Carrbridge (6 miles), Muckrach Castle is ideally located for exploring the breathtaking Cairngorms National Park and all that it has to offer.

If you need to stock up on supplies for your grand castle banquet, you are just 1 mile from the nearest shop in Dulnain Bridge, you will also find a range of shops, restaurants and pubs in Grantown-on-Spey. Larger supermarkets, and a wide selection of shops and dining options can be found in Inverness, 30 miles away.

Explore the acre grounds surrounding the castle, and the surrounding countryside. There are a range of picturesque walks to be found in this beautiful part of Scotland. There are 5 walks that make up the Dulnain Bridge Community Paths, which beautifully the majestic beauty of Muckrach Castle, the braes of Abernethy and the Roche Moutonnees that were left behind by passing glaciers.

If you enjoy fishing the castle is very close to the River Dulnain, which feeds into the River Spey, home of the famous Spey cast which was invented in the 18th century. One of Scotland’s ‘big four’ salmon rivers, the Spey offers exceptional fishing along its banks.

Golfers will love the convenience of the nearby Grantown-on-Spey which boasts magnificent views towards the Cairngorm Mountain Range and the Cromdale Hills. Along with Elgin, Moray, Forres and Boat of Garten, it is one of the 5 venues for the Speyside Golf Festival.

If you appreciate Scotland’s national drink, there are a wide selection of whiskey distilleries in the area, join the whiskey trail, with tours available for an immersive experience. If gin is more your thing, you can visit the Balmenach Distillery in Cromdale, just 7 miles away.

Aviemore, just 12 miles away, is a popular resort for outdoor enthusiasts, renowned for its outstanding natural beauty. In the colder months, Aviemore becomes a haven for those that enjoy snow sports. The Cairngorm Mountains offers the most reliable snow in Scotland and provides a variety of terrains suitable for all skill levels. Whether you are a beginner or seeking more extreme challenges, you're sure to have an unforgettable day out.

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Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.

Facilities

Accommodation

Ground Floor (down 3 steps)

Sunroom
Kitchen/Dining room with electric oven/grill, halogen hob, 2 fridges, freezer, dishwasher and microwave
WC with wash basin

First Floor

Sitting room with Smart TV and wood-burning stove
Boiler tower with washing machine

Second Floor

Master double bedroom with 4-poster bed, free-standing bath and wash basin
Shower room with WC and wash basin

Third Floor

Bunk bedroom with wash basin

Fourth Floor

Twin bedroom with wash basin
Twin bedroom with wash basin
Bathroom with bath and shower over, WC and wash hand basin
Bunk bedroom with wash basin (up 5 steps)

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Free
Highchair
Free
Linen (Single Bed)
Free
Sets of towels (per person)
Free
WiFi
Free

Available Extras

Pet
£20.00

Services

Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £100 of electricity is INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by electric panel heaters, oil central heating and wood-burning stove (logs INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (2 large, 2 medium or 2 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.

Availability

Availability

The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

Booked Available
2024
Price

Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 10
22 Jun 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 £2,595.00
20 Jul 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 £2,695.00
24 Aug 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 £1,995.00
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 £1,595.00
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 £1,995.00
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £1,295.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £2,695.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £2,695.00
06 Jan 2025 - 31 Jan 2025 £1,295.00
01 Feb 2025 - 04 Apr 2025 £1,595.00
05 Apr 2025 - 25 Apr 2025 £1,995.00
26 Apr 2025 - 02 May 2025 £1,595.00
03 May 2025 - 23 May 2025 £1,995.00
24 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 £2,595.00
31 May 2025 - 27 Jun 2025 £1,995.00
28 Jun 2025 - 18 Jul 2025 £2,595.00
19 Jul 2025 - 29 Aug 2025 £2,695.00
30 Aug 2025 - 12 Sep 2025 £1,995.00
13 Sep 2025 - 03 Oct 2025 £1,595.00
04 Oct 2025 - 24 Oct 2025 £1,995.00
25 Oct 2025 - 19 Dec 2025 £1,295.00
20 Dec 2025 - 27 Dec 2025 £2,695.00
28 Dec 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 £2,695.00
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking, please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.

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