Leisure

There is a wide range of things to see and do during your stay at Muckrach Castle in the picturesque Highlands of Scotland.

Castles to Visit

The area surrounding Muckrach Castle abounds with castles, some inhabited and some the worse for wear, but all rich in Scottish history. Listed below are suggestions of some castles to visit, some within close proximity, others a little further afield, but each with its own character and attraction:

Castle Roy - On the northern edge of Nethybridge, the castle is thought to have been built soon after 1226 by James, son of the Earl of Mar, to whom Alexander II had granted the Lordship of Abernethy. One of the oldest castles in Scotland, it is a simple enclosure with plain curtain walls and tower, protecting those who lived in wooden lean-to buildings within the courtyard.

Cawdor Castle - The most romantic castle in the Highlands, situated north of Grantown-on-Spey on the B9090 between Nairn and Inverness. Romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth, Cawdor Castle is not another cold monument, but a splendid house and home of The Dowager Countess Cawdor.

Ballindalloch Castle - A magnificent 16th century castle and the family home of the Macpherson-Grants, Lairds of Ballindalloch since 1546. Located just off the A95.

Osprey Reserve

The Loch Garten Osprey Centre near Nethybridge has an osprey viewing hide overlooking nesting birds. Between April and August you can watch these magnificent birds diving for fish in tranquil surroundings before they head south, back to the warmer climes of South Africa. So whether you're an avid ornithologist or just enjoy the splendour of birds of prey, the osprey centre is certainly worth a visit.

Golf

Scotland is the home of golf and the whole of the country is dotted with fine courses: Speyside itself boasts at least two dozen. There are several courses of championship quality close to the castle. Three of the golf courses within easy reach of Muckrach are: Grantown on Spey , Kingussie and Newtonmore.

Fishing

There is an excellent choice of loch-fishing or fly-fishing for salmon and sea trout on the adjacent River Spey.

Mountain Activities

There are numerous opportunites to enjoy the wonderful mountain scenery that surrounds the Spey Valley. The famous Cairngorm range rises to a height of over 4000ft and provides a fantasic opportunity to experience some of the best walking, climbing and, in winter, skiing, in Scotland.