Dalcross Castle



Client: Mr& Mrs R. Buchanan
Location: Near Inverness
Project Conception: 1999 – 2003
Project Status: Complete
Area: 750 m2
Project Value: £n/a


Dalcross Castle is a classic sandstone Scottish tower house and is Listed Grade ‘A’ by Historic Scotland. Two 4 storey towers intersect at right angles to form an ‘L’ shaped plan, while corner turrets, cat-slide dormers and crow-stepped gables enhance the roofline. Maxwell & Company were recommended to the owners by an existing London client and requested to develop a brief for renovation works. The Castle was habitable but it had no modern services, very few bathrooms and was draughty and cold. In view of its status as a nationally important building, a phased strategy of work was agreed, commencing with exterior repairs and conservation work. Inside, entirely new plumbing and electrical systems were added and plasterwork and joinery were restored. 11 bedrooms and bathrooms were created alongside extensive entertaining, eating and utility spaces. The project won a Civic Trust award, the citation for which acknowledged that enlightened patronage had produced a building with a cohesion of design and consistency of execution that stood as a celebration of the past and a testament to the present and future.