Rait Castle is a ruined hall-house castle dating from the 13th century. The remains of the courtyard walls are nine feet high and also contain the remains of the Chapel of St Mary of Rait. The building was a two story building, measuring 20 metres by 10 metres. It had an unvaulted basement and an upper hall. The hall was entered from the outside and was protected by a portcullis and a drawbar. The walls of the castle are nearly 6 feet thick. A tower projects from one corner of the castle and there is a garderobe tower on the west side that projects nearly 13 feet.

The castle was originally a property of the Cumming (Comyn) family who were also known by the name of de Rait. Sir Alexander Rait killed the third Thane of Cawdor (chief of Clan Calder), and then fled south where he married the heiress of Hallgreen. The castle later passed from the Clan Cumming (Comyn) to the Clan Mackintosh and then to the Clan Campbell of Cawdor.

In 1442, when the castle passed to the Mackintoshes from the Clan Cumming a feast was held at the castle between the two families which ended in the slaughter of most of the Comyns. The laird blamed his daughter who he chased around the castle. She climbed out of a window but he chopped off her hands and she fell to her death. The castle is said to be haunted by her ghost, with no hands.

The Duke of Cumberland is said to have stayed at the castle before the Battle of Culloden in 1746, although the last recorded reference to the castle was in 1596.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Ruins in United Kingdom

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Sarah Willehams (2 years ago)
Lovely place for a visit there isn't much too the castle but it's still pretty cool! There isn't a car park but you can drive up the farm road and park at the side only space for a few cars but it isn't a far walk to the castle !
Steven McDiarmid (3 years ago)
Near Nairn Scotland 15 min walk from main road or you can drive up the farm road only room for a couple of cars the castle its self is not much to look at in my option but it does have a lot of history to it i wouldn't suggest going out of your way to visit it unless your in the area.
TheChaoticBiker (3 years ago)
Very nice place for visit and overnight camping, it's haunted so there's a lady with no hands visiting you during the night. Good motivator for a midnight jog!
Ashleigh Mathieson (3 years ago)
Well worth a visit. Very isolated and if you're lucky you'll have a peaceful day out to yourself.
Jimmy Holgerson (4 years ago)
We were the only ones there and even though it's small it was nice too see a castle that had no renovations to it. The architecture for it to remain that good over the years really says something about the skills that were used to build/upkeep the castle. A must visit!
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