Dingwall, near Inverness
In days of old, only the Laird or the Chief of the Clan could enjoy a relaxing stay in a Scottish Highland castle. Nowadays, times have changed. At Tulloch Castle Hotel, you'll be made as welcome as the Laird himself, to sample the splendid hospitality, comfortable surroundings and superb food.
Tulloch Castle is a 12th-century castle hotel in the Scottish Highlands, overlooking The Cromarty Firth and Black Isle, five minutes from the picturesque historic market town of Dingwall, and less than an hour's drive from Inverness.
The castle is the birthplace of Clan Davidson and retains many of its period features, such as the 250-year old panelled Great Hall, plus painstakingly restored original fireplaces and ornate ceilings.
Tulloch Castle has 20 en-suite bedrooms, each with its own unique character and charm.
When you stay in any of the twenty bedrooms in the castle hotel, you will experience sumptuous surroundings and elegant furnishings. Each of the spacious bedrooms has its own unique character and charm - and this is supplemented by tastefully designed private bathrooms, with bath and shower, television and tea and coffee making facilities.
From some of the rooms, you will enjoy stunning views over Dingwall to the haunting Black Isle. Services such as baby-sitting and room service are also provided. If there is anything that you particularly require, please do not hesitate to ask.The reception hall provides comfortable surroundings in front of a roaring log fire - the ideal place to relax after a day's travelling or indeed, to plan your day's activities.
There is also the McKenzie Suite available, which is ideal for up to 5 adults or a family. The suite offers a very good standard of accommodation. It is accessed through the castle's restaurant and has one king bedroom, one king/twin bedroom, one single room, two bathrooms, and a separate sitting area.
Sample some of the finest cuisine to be experienced in the Highlands in the castle's stunning dining room. The Turrets Restaurant serves only the best produce, taken from the Highland's abundant seas, lochs, rivers and farmland, and freshly prepared into mouth-watering dishes. Dinner is experienced in the castle's dining room, with elegant candlesticks, individually-designed chairs and subtle lighting.
The castle's excellent wine cellar affords you a superb choice of wines from around the world and the attentive and knowledgeable staff will treat you as though you were the Laird.
After dinner, guests can head to the Green Lady Bar or the reception lounge (where there is often a roaring log fire) to round off the evening with a fine Scottish malt. It’s the perfect way to end the day.
Breakfast in the hotel is a feast in itself - with seven different types of marmalade and jams to choose from; the 'Strawberry and Champagne Jam' is simply wonderful!
Tulloch Castle was the historic home of Clan Davidson.
The last of the direct line of Davidsons at Tulloch was a Duncan Davidson, who died in 1917. His daughter inherited Tulloch Castle, and her son, Colonel Angus Vickers, of Vickers Aircraft, was the last owner of Tulloch lands. In 1920 the castle, which was falling badly into disrepair, was completely renovated by Mr and Mrs Vickers.
More recently, the Vickers family gave the Tulloch lands to the Highland Regional Council. The castle served intermittently as a dormitory for the Dingwall Academy before being converted to its present use as a hotel.
There is a secret tunnel from the basement of Tulloch Castle across town to the ancient Dingwall Castle. It is now too dangerous to use, as most of it has caved in, and so it was abandoned many years ago. However, there is an air-vent in the middle of the front lawn of Tulloch, which you can look down today and through which you can dimly perceive this tunnel.
There are three championship golf courses a short drive away from the Tulloch Castle, plus a further 50 courses in the surrounding area. Tee-times can be reserved on guests’ behalf by the castle staff.
If golf is not on the agenda, there are plenty of other things to do in and around the area. There’s the chance to spot a pod of dolphins on the Moray or take in some history at Cawdor. Cairngorms National Park is also a stunning place to explore, with walks, treks and plenty of wildlife to look out for.
Places of interest within a short distance of Tulloch Castle include:
Inverness, 15 miles
Culbin Nature Reserve, 30 miles
Dolphin Watching on Moray, 15 miles
Elgin Cathedral, 50 miles
Loch Ness, 28 miles
Cawdor Castle, 26 miles
Brodie Castle, 36 miles
Speyside Whisky Trail, 50 miles
Glen Ord Distillery, 7 miles
Castle Stuart Golf Course, 20 miles
Royal Dornach Golf Course, 32 miles
Nairn Dunbar Golf Course, 29 miles
|Single Occupancy of a Double Room||from £85|
|Double/Twin Room||from £100|
|Four Poster Suite||from £135|
|McKenzie Suite (sleeping up to 5)||from £250|
All prices are per room, per night and includes full Scottish breakfast and VAT.
Celtic Castles Special Rates!
We are often able to offer discounted rates, which are below the published tariffs. Please contact us directly for the best available price.
Children under 3 years, sharing with parents, stay free of charge. Children aged between 3 and 11 years, sharing with parents, are charged at £25 each, per night.
The town of Dingwall is close by, which features historic buildings, monuments and exhibitions detailed in the town's long history. You can sample local produce in one of the speciality cafés, or purchase unique gifts from a wide range of shops.
There are excellent road links to Inverness, with Inverness Airport only 45 minutes away. The castle makes an ideal base for exploring the Scottish Highlands.
Dingwall Train Station, 1.5 miles
Inverness Airport, 20 miles