The present Beaufort castle is a Baronial style mansion built in 1880, but incorporates older building work. There has been a castle on the site since the 12th century. Beaufort is the traditional seat of the Lords Lovat. The earliest mention of the site, as Downie or Dounie Castle, occurs in the reign of Alexander I (1106–1124), when a siege took place. The original castle was built by the Byset family. The castle came into the hands of the Frasers in the late 13th century. English forces besieged the castle in 1303.

In the 1650s Dounie was attacked and burned by the forces of Oliver Cromwell during their invasion of Scotland. It was again razed by the Duke of Cumberland in Jacobite Rising of 1745, and the estate was declared forfeit. In 1815 the estate was inherited by Thomas Fraser of Strichen (1802–1875), who was reinstated to the Lordship of Lovat in 1854. In 1839 he commissioned William Burn to extend the house, and also improved the grounds and estate. His son Simon Fraser, 13th Lord Lovat (1828–1887), built the present Beaufort Castle, to designs by James Maitland Wardrop, incorporating part of the 18th-century house.

The Baronial mansion incorporates a private Roman Catholic chapel. The remains of Dounie Castle stand beside the house, and comprise a single wall, 11 metres long and 1.5 metres high.

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Founded: 1880
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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ray loudon (3 years ago)
The rental cottages on the grounds are very good for a holiday.
Kasia K (3 years ago)
Beautiful place but very forbidden
Cheryl Kendell (3 years ago)
We stayed on the beaufort Estate and was able to walk up to the castle grounds, however it is a private family residence and so access to the castle was not permitted at the time of our visit, stunning grounds and walks available
Jackie Nicholls (3 years ago)
I didn't get to see or visit the castle but stayed on the estate in one of the cottages and was allowed to explore the 50 acres of land which seemed to have public access on some paths as well. Was a peaceful place and hidden from the world
Nancy Mclean (3 years ago)
Beaufort is owned privately and is not available for public viewing. But as a little girl I used to attend pony events in the grounds and it was really really special. It is such a lovely castle. And walking the river on a Sunday morning past it is just lovely and religion! It's our local piece of history. And we wouldn't change it.
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