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Brief description of site

The Castle is sited on an elevated position commanding extensive views of the surrounding parklands and panoramic views in several directions. The parkland (470ha/1,161 acres) lies on the west banks of the Alltan Fhithich. The parkland is crossed by several minor burns, lined with trees. The designed landscape incorporates significant areas of woodland, the majority now forestry plantations. Numerous ornamental specimens, e.g. horse chestnut, lime, cedar, fir, spruce and Wellingtonias are planted throughout the policies.

Brief history of site

Ludovick Grant (1650?-1716) styled himself laird of Grant and renamed his house Castle Grant, which he remodelled and extended. In 1720, Sir James Grant inherited the estate. He undertook building on the Castle and the garden walls, starting in 1728. In 1748, he commissioned Thomas Winter (fl.1726-53), to design the gardens. In 1753, Sir Ludovick Grant (1743-1773) employed John Adam to remodel and enlarge the late 17th century house. A formal avenue led southwards from the Castle to Milltown and a formal canal and pool were set in the grounds.

Location information:

Locality: Grantown-on-Spey

Local Authorities:

Highland; Grantown on Spey

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 36 Grid Ref: NJ041301
Latitude: 57.3513 Longitude: -3.59539

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: country house

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 397.3

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