Welcome back, friends. Happy Wednesday to you!
It is utterly frigid here in Virginia this morning. With our weather so wintry (and so early in the season!), I thought today would be a great time to revisit the beautiful afternoon this past May when Mr. C and I visited Inchdrewer Castle. I think of all the days of this past year, we must have been there on the most splendid of them all.
I mean, how do you top this? With the rapeseed in full bloom, Inchdrewer Castle and the surrounding countryside truly was a sight to behold.
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 original L-shaped tower house design was built by the Curror family (c.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.
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.
Though the fire had caused extensive damage, the Abercrombie family lived at Inchdrewer through the 1800’s. Eventually the castle was left abandoned.
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.
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 Barroness of Inchdrewer have tasked Marc Ellington to oversee the project. I don’t know about you, but you can color me green with envy!
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 outdoor 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.