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40 bedroom detached house for sale

Carbisdale Castle, Ardgay, Sutherland, IV24 3DP

Offers Over £1,200,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grand hall
  • Ballroom
  • Minstrels' gallery
  • Billiard Room
  • Dining room
  • Drawing room
  • Library
  • 40 Bedrooms
  • EPC Exempt

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


The village of Culrain has its own primary school with another in Bonar Bridge where there are shops, a hotel, post office, restaurant, takeaway, library and bank. There is a choice of secondary schools at Tain Royal Academy or Dornoch Academy. In addition to the railway station at Culrain, Ardgay has a railway station with services to Inverness to the south and Thurso and Wick to the north.

Tain some 18 miles away provides good local services such as supermarkets, banks, professional offices and leisure facilities. Dornoch is approximately 18 miles east and also has a good range of facilities.

Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands is some 52 miles south by road and has a modern shopping centre, hospital, theatre, cinemas and a mainline railway station. Inverness Airport offers numerous flights to a variety of destinations both domestic and overseas including London Gatwick, Luton, Birmingham and Manchester.

There is ample opportunity for recreational activity in and around the area with spectacular scenery and physically challenging routes for the hill walker and mountaineer. The rivers and lochs provide good quality salmon and trout fishing for the angler and as well as the Royal Dornoch Golf Club there are further clubs at Tain, Bonar Bridge, Golspie and Brora all within a short drive. Dornoch has fabulous beaches and the West Coast is approximately 50 miles away by car.


The castle is category B listed, and was built between 1906 and 1917 for the Duchess of Sutherland. It is believed to be the last castle to be built in Scotland. Having had a disagreement with her in-laws, the Duchess decreed that the clock tower, which could be seen from their lands, would only have a clock face on three sides, as she did not wish to give them the ‘time of day’!

The castle has various free standing white marble Italian statues and fireplaces.

The castle was bought in 1933 by the Salvesen family, who although Scottish were of Norwegian extraction. During World War II, Colonel Salvesen provided a safe haven at the castle for King Haakon VII of Norway and Crown Prince Olav, during the Nazi occupation of Norway. Also in war time the castle was used to hold important meetings including the Carbisdale Conference in 1941, where agreements were reached on the future of Norway after the war. When Colonel Salvesen died his son inherited Carbisdale, and gifted the castle and its contents to the Scottish Youth Hostel Association which began to run the castle as a youth hostel in 1945.


Travelling north from Inverness, cross the Kessock bridge and follow the A9. After crossing the Cromarty Bridge and at the Ardullie roundabout take the second exit signposted Thurso and Wick. After 4.34 miles bear left onto the B9176 signposted Bonar Bridge. After 15.36 miles, bear left onto the A836. After three miles turn left to Culrain. Travel a further 1.18 miles and turn right signposted Culrain and Inveroykel. After a further 3.48 miles, the entrance to Carbisdale Castle is on the left.

Alternatively there is a regular train service from Inverness to Culrain Station, with the station being within walking distance of the entrance driveway of the Castle.

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09 August 2014

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