Warning! You are using an outdated browser.

This website is built on advanced, modern technologies and does not support old browsers. It is highly recommended that you choose and install a modern browser. It is free of charge and only takes a couple of minutes.

Why is it recommended to upgrade the web browser?

New browsers usually come with support for new technologies, increasing web page speed, better privacy settings and so on. They also resolve security and functional issues.

Continue despite this warning »»

Essich Castle



The castle has been lovingly restored and its Gothic and Romanesque detailing deliver a unique experience. The most recent owners of Leys Estate, the McGilvrays, are part of a 300-year-old history going back to 1712, when it was originally owned by the Baillie family. In 1926, Sir Francis Walker - an Olympic sportsman - bought the estate and set about developing the castle, its grounds and farms. He created modern staff accommodation, terraced lawns and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. This was used by his family for swimming and boating in the summer and curling and ice-skating in winter. The castle was also used as a military hospital in World War II and when Sir Francis moved back in 1958, he finished restoring it. 


In the heart of the Scottish Highlands, just 15 minutes by road from Inverness, 

Map co-ordinates: 57.440255, -4.201425


The castle has 10 bedrooms sleeping 20, and while the bedrooms are furnished with four-poster beds and traditional tartan fabrics, the bathrooms are modern and luxurious with power showers, reproduction cast-iron baths and spacious showers. 


  • An enchanting castle in a secluded location
  • Just 15 minutes from Inverness
  • 10 bedrooms
  • Impressive reception rooms
  • Near the Cairngorms National Park 

At A Glimpse

Essich Castle has very impressive reception rooms including a grand entrance hall, dining room, library and billiard room and it is surrounded by 3,200 acres, offering you perfect seclusion. This location is further enhanced by the magnificent lawns around the castle and the abundant wildlife. There are early-20th-century formal grass terraces and an arboretum with a collection of yews and cypresses. The Highlands is home to rich wildlife and the Cairngorms National Park is right on our doorstep. The possibilities for fishing, shooting and golf in and around the castle are endless and if you’re looking for more exciting activities, then skiing, biking and other adventure opportunities abound.

Itinerary Reviews

Stay Updated

Stay Updated

Be the first to know about our exclusive travel itineraries and updates.