Tulloch Castle probably dates to the mid-16th century, when Duncan Bane was granted the barony of Tulloch in 1542. Over the years, it has served as a family home for members of the Bain family and Clan Davidson, as a hospital after the evacuation of Dunkirk, and as a hostel for the local education authority. It is currently used as a hotel and conference centre.

Tulloch Castle has been subject to several structural changes throughout its existence. There are two records of fires, in 1838 and 1845, when areas of the castle were destroyed. There are also records of renovations and extensions to the castle in 1513, 1665, 1675, 1747 and in the early 1920s when the roof was replaced, stonework around the windows was repaired and electric lighting was installed.

Tulloch Castle has many interesting features. A tunnel runs from the basement of the castle under the town of Dingwall to the old site of Dingwall Castle. The tunnel has now collapsed, but it is possible to view this passageway through an air vent on the front lawn of the castle’s grounds.

There is a Davidson cemetery in the grounds of the castle for family members and pets. The graveyard is surrounded by a metal fence and has become overgrown, though some of its headstones are still visible.

The castle had two gatehouses and entrance paths. The west gatehouse no longer exists but the other gatehouse still exists as a privately owned house. This gatehouse was built in 1876 and the path which connects it to the castle has become a public road. This road is still used as the main entrance to the castle today.

On a hill to the north of the castle stands 'Caisteal Gorach', a late 18th-century folly which was designed by Robert Adam for Duncan Davidson of Tulloch. The folly comprises a ruined round tower and flanking walls, and is a category A listed building.



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Remy said 4 years ago
It was Phyllis Vickers who in 1994 inherited the barony of Tulloch. The current Baron is Dr. David Willien of Tulloch.


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Heather Yuill (2 months ago)
Went for a weekend. Rooms looked amazing but we went on an itison deal. Would not recommend this. Think we had the servants room! Electric blow heater in the big dark cupboard for when the very old radiator wouldn't work.Very clean room but desperately needs refurbished. Good food and pleasant staff.
Janine Aversing (2 months ago)
Beautiful grounds. We had an entire floor! 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room, and dining room with coffee/tea station. We loved our stay
Martin Lawrence (3 months ago)
We really enjoyed our two nights here with our dogs in the luxury suite room (lovely four poster bed). The staff were helpful and polite. Our evening meals were really delicious and the menu choice good. The breakfasts were okay. The vouchers from my hotel dot com were very good value.
Scott (3 months ago)
All I can say is wow! We spent a week in Scotland and this by far was our highlight. An amazing castle with amazing staff. They went above and beyond for us, providing incredible service for our stay. The food was great, and I would highly recommend eating here. A genuine old Scottish castle with fantastic charm
Amy Franklin (6 months ago)
My sister and I traveled to Scotland in 2018. Tulloch Castle was her favorite accommodation on our 10 day trip and we both talk about the wonderful staff who not only made us feel at home but showed us all the spooky parts of the castle on their ghost tour. The rooms were lovely and bathrooms felt luxurious. We loved walking behind the castle and watching the sheep on the back hill. The food was excellent and servings generous...my sister lives on the coast but said the fish and chips at Tulloch Castle were the best she has ever had! Our stay was perfect and we would both highly recommend a stay at this beautiful castle.
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