South Highland: About 1 mile north of Dingwall, on minor roads west of A862, on north side of Cromarty Firth, at Tulloch Castle.
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Tulloch Castle incorporates an altered tower of three storeys, possibly from the early 16th century, square in plan, with a round stair-tower at one corner. It may include some work from the 12th or 13th century. The parapet and corbelling of the tower are much later, as is the caphouse. Windows have been enlarged, and the walls are pierced by gunloops, and are harled. There is a large gabled extension of the 17th century, of two storeys and an attic with carved dormer pediments.
The basement of the tower is vaulted and the hall, on the first floor, has the original fireplace and a secret stair in one corner, which leads to a stair
down to another entrance. The first-floor chambers have ornate plaster ceilings.
The Norsemen may have had a stronghold here. Tulloch was perhaps held by the Tulloch family, but was a property of one Farquhar Oure in 1500, then passed in 1526 to the Innes family, then to the Bains from 1542 until 1762. John Bain of Tulloch is on record in 1645, then the same or another of that name in 1707. Tulloch was sold to the Davidsons, who were related by marriage, and they held it until 1945. Part of the castle was destroyed by fire in 1845. The house was extended in 1891, and in 1920-3 by Sir Robert Lorimer, then passed to the Vickers. The building was used as a school, but has been a hotel since 1996.
The castle is said to be haunted by a ‘Green Lady’. The story goes that a child surprised her father with another woman. The child was so startled that she fled the room and fell down a flight of stairs, killing herself.
There is a tunnel from the basement of the castle which is believed to have led across the town to Dingwall Castle. It has collapsed but part of it can be seen from the middle of the front lawn.