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History of the property

Muckrach Country House Hotel was built in 1860 as a Shooting Lodge for the Grouse moor, probably as part of the Seafield estate of Clan Grant.  In 1766, Sir James Grant (known as 'the good Sir James'), built Grantown on Spey, on his estate to bring a service centre to the area.  Sir John Grant had brought Strathspey into the modern world, promoting a great improvement to living conditions. He sold his fine Edinburgh townhouse to buy grain and distribute among the starving of Strathspey, in response to a severe crop failure and famine in the late 1700's. Big lodges were built for letting to the fishermen and shooting parties, by the 1860's tourism to the area had taken off, due to the rail links to the Highlands.  In particular, Queen Victoria is known to have stayed at Castle Grant, due to her love of the area.  By 1863 the Grantown Highlands and Grantown Great North railway stations were opened, bringing more services and tourists to the area. Muckrach Country House Hotel has evolved over the centuries, welcoming guests from around the world, for whom Strathspey, the Cairngorms and the Highlands of Scotland hold a special appeal.  Shooting parties, fisherman, skiers, walkers, climbers and sightseers have all enjoyed the Victorian splendour and great food offerings at Muckrach Country House Hotel over the years.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back again.    
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Archie The highland cow

Archie our Highland bull, who has grazed at Muckrach for at least 15 years, has a long wavy coat and long horns.  Highland cattle were originally bred in the Scottish Highlands and the Western Isles of Scotland, records dating back to the eighteenth century, and have since been exported to the rest of the world. Highland ‘coos’ are hardy, their hair protects them during the cold winters. They are able to survive on steep mountains due to their ability to find food and eat plants that other cattle may avoid. Archie enjoys drinking from the stream, scratching against his big rock, grazing on the hay, resting and wandering the field.  He attracts lovers of the breed and tourists everyday, who stop by Muckrach Country House Hotel, to take his photo.
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The Wellingtonia

Wellingtonia trees were planted by the Victorians to demonstrate their wealth; they stocked their gardens with many exotic plants brought by explorers from around the world. It is believed that the Wellingtonia was introduced from America around 1853 by William Lobb. Their popularity has been attributed to their size, ensuring the Victorian garden was ostentatious! The fine example of a Wellingtonia tree found at Muckrach Country House Hotel stands proud aside the building, probably planted at the same time as the hotel was built in 1860.