‘Muckrach Castle’ and its amazing restoration. I just noticed the castle as we were passing by while on our holiday last year 2014, if we had been in our car, we would have explored a little more, but a big motorhome has its disadvantages when negotiating narrow lanes.
I love the shapes of Scottish castle, they look like fairytale castles with their turrets. Except this castle had been a ruin and I mean a ruin for centuries, its quite amazing to me how they restored it back into a liveable building. I have found a couple of pictures that show the remains and maybe some would say it should have stayed as one, but then Scotland is full of ruined castles. Which makes it so nice to see a few restored, if only to give you an idea of what they would have looked like.
A little history……..This castle, restored as a private residence and holiday let, was constructed in 1598 by Patrick Grant, 2nd son of John 4th Laird of Grant. This Patrick became the ancestor of the Grants of Rothiemurchus. Standing on the top of a steep bank in the valley of the River Dulnain about 4 miles from Grantown, it is a typical Scottish tower house built to a very simple L-plan, with a main block of three storeys, a garret and a circular stairway. Derelict for centuries, the castle was restored by architect Ian Begg from 1978-85, who has also left his mark with the St Mungo Museum in Glasgow and the Scandic Crown Hotel in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
The castle is located only three miles from Grantown-on-Spey, which is a lovely little town with a very nice caravan park, where we stayed overnight.