Buchanan Castle

The ruins of Buchanan Castle

Buchanan Castle now lies in ruin on the grounds of a beautiful golf course near Drymen, but it was once the family home of the Duke of Montrose, Clan Graham. Today, it remains the seat of Clan Graham, and although it’s now unsafe to go inside, you can still view the exterior of this remarkable historic landmark. Overgrown and derelict, it has a rather spooky appearance and stories of hauntings surround it!

A short history of Buchanan Castle

Originally built between 1852 and 1858, Buchanan Castle was the grand home of the Duke of Montrose and family, of Clan Graham. With beautiful turrets and a sweeping entrance, it remained a family home until 1925, when it was sold.

In 1936 the house and grounds were converted into a hotel and golf course. The house became a hospital during World War II. It is known as the hospital that received Rudolph Hess, Hitler’s Deputy Furher when he landed in Scotland to attempt to make peace. His next accommodation was the Tower of London. 

After the war, the golf course reopened in full. However, the house soon fell into ruin. In 1954, the roof was removed in order to avoid taxes, and the inevitable decline of the building began. It now lies crumbling and covered in overgrown weeds. And although dangerous to enter, it is still a remarkable sight to see from a safe distance.

Spooky castle views

Buchanan Castle is a category B listed building, as well as being included on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland. It can be a rather spooky experience walking near this abandoned site. It’s important to keep your distance though. There are fences and plenty of warnings about not stepping inside, as there are plenty of hazards and danger of death or injury. If you are curious to see what’s inside, it’s much safer to look at pictures online or check out the video below!

How to get there

We would recommend parking in Drymen village and then taking a walk up past the castle ruins and along the side of the golf course. This is a very pleasant walk and the views of the crumbling castle are spectacular and very spooky! Don’t go past the danger signs, but enjoy from a distance.

Keen golfers may also wish to enjoy a round of golf at Buchanan Castle Golf Course. Please note that guests staying at Loch Lomond Waterfront receive a special rate when booking a round, so contact us for further details.

Relax at Loch Lomond Waterfront

After exploring the local area, how better to relax than back in your luxury lodge or chalet. Indulge with a soak in the hot tub and take in the stunning views of the loch. We also offer glamping holidays in our cosy Shepherd’s huts. Find out more.

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