Foulis (Gaelic "Fo-glais" a streamlet) has of old been the home of Clan Munro. Acquired by a Munro Chief in the early Cl4th. Plans of the original castle are long since lost, but the grounds still contain the site of an C11th Mott (manmade mound topped by a wooden palisade).
The present Castle dates from the middle of Cl8th containing within its attractive Georgian structure the remains of a much earlier and altogether different defensive keep.
Sir Harry Munro returned after the 1745 Rising in which he lost both his father and uncle at the Battle of Falkirk, to find his ancient home destroyed by fire, and set about building the house you see today incorporating what he could of the old Cl6th keep. The courtyard pierced by three arches with its semi-octagonal tower dated 1754 hints at an earlier form of Scottish architecture, whilst the overall effect of the range of Cl8th domestic buildings, coachhouses, laundry, bakehouse, stables and well, shows a strong continental influence.
The slightly later and more formal Georgian front features a fine double entrance stair leading to a doorway formed from a first floor window in the pedimented centre piece with its heraldic panel dated 1777. The short end elevations have elegant full height angled bays. The whole, very much in the manner of one of the Adams brothers.
Little has changed since, Foulis remains externally much as it was first built. Internally alterations made by succeeding generations add to the character of this interesting old building (still occupied by the Munros of Foulis), by here and there allowing glimpses of the vestiges of earlier architectural form exposed during renovations which can only hint as to how the Castle might have once looked.
Foulis Castle is the private residence of Mrs Eleanor (Timmy) Munro of Foulis, the mother of the present Chief, unlike a number of castles and stately homes there are no guides to give guided tours only Mrs Munro and members of her immediate family who by invitation only will show you the interior of the castle. The family has decided to allocate Tuesday mornings for visitors at 10.30am for the foreseeable future and ask that you give at least 3 week’s notice of your intended visit. A visit usually takes up to two hours. There is no charge but a donation put in the Clan Munro (Association) box for the Castle Restoration Fund is much appreciated.
As a guide to the donation it has been suggested that the average to any attraction is approximately £10 per adult.
An appointment to visit the outside and grounds of the castle is not required but let us know when you intend to visit.
Foulis Castle is not on the public transport route so a car or taxi is required.
All emails will be attended to by the Web Master, Ian Munro, who will contact the Munro Family to arrange your visit.
Please note that large bus parties can not be accommodated at the moment.
The easiest way to get to the castle from the south (Inverness) is to take the A9 road over the Cromarty Firth bridge, you will pass the Storehouse of Foulis on the right (you should go in there for your lunch) and then branch of to Evanton (B817), just before you enter the village take the road to the left (Drummond Road), approx 1.5 miles you should see the castle on the right, there is a narrow road (which can be easily missed) which takes you to the entrance of the drive, the entrance has two pillars with eagles on top, drive down and go to the front of the castle, up the stairs and ring the bell.
From Dingwall just ask at one of the local shops, Foulis is just 4 miles away on the Back Road, just note that you will be coming from the west and the castle will be on the left.
If your visit is to the grounds only, park at the entrance to the drive and walk down.