Inchdrewer Castle-A Colorful Past and a Bright Future

Welcome back, friends! It is frigid here in Virginia this morning. So with such wintry weather (and so early in the season), I thought today I would revisit the beautiful afternoon this past May when Mr. C and I visited Inchdrewer Castle.

Inchdrewer Castle behind a field of bright yellow rapeseed.

What a scene! I mean, how do you top this? With the rapeseed in full bloom, Inchdrewer Castle and the surrounding countryside indeed was a sight to behold.

A field of bright yellow rapeseed behind wooden fenceposts.

Rapeseed, also known as rape, oilseed rape, and, in the case of one particular group of cultivars, canola, is a bright-yellow flowering member of the family Brassicaceae, cultivated mainly for its oil-rich seed. It is the third-largest source of vegetable oil and second-largest source of protein meal in the world.


Inchdrewer is a 16th-century castle located in northeast Scotland, near the town of Banff in Aberdeenshire. The Curror family built the original L-shaped tower house in 1542. Inchdrewer has an interesting history, including being attacked by Covenanter forces in 1640 and by the Duke of Cumberland during the Jacobite Rising of 1746.

Inchdrewer Castle in Scotland.
The stone walls of Inchdrewer Castle.

The Currors sold Inchdrewer to Sir Walter Ogilvie of Dunlugas in 1557. By 1642, Lord Banff called Inchdrewer home; however, he tragically perished in a fire at the castle in 1713.

A tower and turret at Inchdrewer Castle in Scotland.
Inchdrewer Castle in Scotland.

Though the fire had caused extensive damage, the Abercrombie family lived at Inchdrewer through the 1800s. Eventually, the castle was left abandoned.

A cross on the outside of Inchdrewer Castle in Scotland.
An old stone well, ruined castle walls, and Inchdrewer Castle.

Following a prolonged period of neglect, the castle was purchased in 1971 by Count Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees. Restoration efforts were undertaken but never completed.

A ruined castle wall and Inchdrewer Castle.
Inchdrewer was once enclosed by a courtyard, the ruins of which are still visible.
A stone doorway.

Though the castle has remained abandoned and neglected again in recent years, today Inchdrewer’s future looks bright. In late 2013, Russian princess and former Versace model Olga Roh and her husband Stephen purchased the castle with ambitions of turning Inchdrewer into a family home (and possibly a small luxury hotel). The new Baron and Baroness of Inchdrewer have tasked Marc Ellington to oversee the project. I don’t know about you, but you can color me green with envy!

Inchdrewer castle against a blue sky with fluffy white clouds.

If you get the chance to visit Inchdrewer Castle (and I hope you do!), please be mindful that you are treading on private property. Scotland’s free access code is an awesome thing, but that privilege comes with great responsibility on our part.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post, friends. See you again soon.


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