John Grant of Freuchie (4th Laird of Grant) gave Muckrach to his second son Patrick in 1583 and the castle was built soon afterwards. Patrick was knighted by James VI and lived until 1626, being the ancestor of the Grants of Rothiemurchus.
From 1978-85 the building was restored after lying in ruins for centuries, and a stone dated 1598 with the arms and initials of Patrick and his wife, plus the motto “In God Is Al My Trest” which had been removed to Rothiemurchus, was replaced over the entrance at Muckrach Castle.
The Castle was restored by architect Ian Begg, who has also left his mark with the St Mungo Museum in Glasgow and the Scandic Crown Hotel in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
Today, Muckrach Castle offers luxury self-catering accommodation and is situated within its own grounds in a magnificent rural, yet accessible location in the Scottish Highlands, in Speyside.
Set in an acre of beautiful gardens, the castle offers outstanding views over Strathspey and the Cairngorm mountains. Located only three miles from Grantown-on-Spey and just one mile from the nearest shop in Dulnain Bridge, the castle is ideally located for a range of local services.
Standing on the top of a steep bank in the strath of the River Dulnain, Muckrach Castle is a typical Scottish tower house built to a very simple L-plan, with a main block of four storeys, a garret and a circular stairway. It is ideally suited for family holidays, those looking to relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the Cairngorms or those looking for a thrill from the wide range of activities also available in the area. Muckrach Castle can also cater for small wedding ceremonies.