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Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall, Scotland
Tulloch Castle dates way back to the 12th century, and it has had a long and colourful history. Now, the castle welcomes travellers from up and down the country into its luxurious period surroundings – and, like many period properties dating back to this time, Tulloch Castle also has a resident ghost, known as the Green Lady.
Tulloch Castle is actually thought to have many ghosts – but the most-sighted ghost, and the ghost most talked about, is the Green Lady. She has been sighted so frequently, the bar in the castle is actually named the Green Lady Bar and a portrait of the lady believed to be the Green Lady, Elizabeth Davidson, hangs in the Great Hall.
The Green Lady is also one of the few ghosts that has been captured on film, prompting numerous investigations into the castle. A number of paranormal teams have investigated the castle over the years, and they have found some very interesting results. Balls of light, orbs and icy cold patches of air have been seen and felt and constant noises, clicks, bangs and thuds have been recorded on film – with no explanation.
Some parts of the castle date back to the 12th century, but all that remains of the original building are the south-west corner and tower. The castle was first named Tulloch Castle in 1507, and the name has stuck ever since, despite it changing hands numerous times in the ensuing years.
The Bayne family owned and lived in the castle from 1513 right through to 1752. The castle was then sold ten years later to Henry Davidson, and his family owned and lived in the family until the 1900s. In 1940 Tulloch Castle was used a hospital for a short period of time after the evacuation of Dunkirk, and in 1947 it was leased to the Education Authority when it was used as a girl’s hostel. In 1996, the Macaulays bought the castle and converted it into a hotel, and it is now still used as a hotel and a conference centre.
Tulloch Castle is one of the few castle hotels that still absolutely retains the look of a castle. Upon arrival at the castle, you’ll be greeted with countless period features – stone fireplaces, original ceilings, panelled rooms, stunning picture windows and plenty of original antique furniture. You’ll also be greeted by a friendly and professional team who will cater to your every need.
There are 20 en-suite rooms at the castle, all with period features, some with four-poster beds. There are a number of room options, too, including single rooms, twin rooms, double rooms, four-poster rooms and a family room – there is a room at Tulloch Castle for everyone. All of the rooms have their own unique character and personality, with sumptuous fabrics, soft furnishings and stunning paintings and mirrors.
You can enjoy a dining experience fit for a king at Turrets restaurant, where local Highlands produce is bought and prepared by Tulloch’s chefs. You’ll be able to choose from numerous locally sourced dishes from an a la carte menu, with a huge selection of wines to match the dishes. Breakfast in the castle is also a delicious affair, with over 7 different types of marmalade and jam and a number of cooked and cold dishes available. The castle also boasts a guest lounge, as well as a stunningly comfortable reception hall. For more informal drinks and dining, you can take a seat in the Green Lady bar. Whatever your reasons for coming to stay at Tulloch Castle, you’re sure to have a magical stay here.
- En-suite rooms
- Restaurant and bar on-site
- Wi-Fi • Television
- Hairdryer in room
- 24 hour room service
- Satellite television
- Wake up call available
- Wedding license
- Tea and coffee making facilities in room
- Private dining services
- Pets allowed – contact the castle before your stay for more information
Things to do
The countryside surrounding Tulloch Castle is perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities, including hill walking, hiking, biking and beach combing. The seas off of Tulloch Castle are also home to dolphins, porpoise and seals – and Loch Ness is just an hour away, so you can maybe go and see the Loch Ness monster for yourself. The area is filled with golf courses, too, and lots of other activities such as wildfowling, stalking, surfing, yachting and para-gliding are all available in the area. For those of you who prefer a quieter pace of life, there are also plenty of castles, museums and quiet market towns to look around.
- Standard single room available from £110, breakfast included.
- Standard twin room available from £160, breakfast included.
- Standard double room available from £160, breakfast included.
- Family room, sleeping 2 adults and 2 children available from £190, breakfast included.
- Four poster double available from £205, breakfast included.
All room prices are subject to change depending on which date and which day of the week your stay is.