Inverdruie House, Rothiemurchus

Once home of Katherine Grant, 12th Countess of Dysart (1918-2011)

Inverdruie House is on the Rothiemurchus Estate owned by Clan Grant since 1574, when Patrick Grant was designated “of Rothiemurchus” by King James VI.

Inverdruie House is mentioned in Elizabeth Grant’s Memoirs of a Highland Lady (a fascinating read), where she spent the summers during her youth.

There is a quote from the book which reads,


‘The beautiful plain of Rothiemurchus, with its lochs and rivers and forest and mountain glens, offered in those old days but a few cleared sunny patches fit for tillage. Black cattle was its staple produce – its real wealth, its timber, was unthought of, so that as its sons multiplied the Laird of the period felt some  difficulty in maintaining them. The result in the generation to which my Grandfather, Dr William Grant, belonged, was that he with another brother [Dr George], and a set of half Uncles much about their own age, were all shoved off about the world to scramble through as they best could with little but their good blood to help them. The fortunes of this set of adventurers were various; some fared well, others worse, but all who survived returned to end their days where they began them, for no change in circumstances can change the heart of a highlander. Faithful to the impressions of his youth wherever he may have wandered, whatever may have befallen him, to his own hills he must return in his old age, if only to lay his bones beneath the heather.’


From Memoirs of A Highland Lady by Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus  (1797-1885) p4. Published by Canongate 1988 ISBN 978 184195 757 9

INVERDRUIE HOUSE IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC The house is now home of Wilderness Scotland an outdoors holiday company and can be viewed from the nearby public road.