BOTURICH CASTLE, near Balloch
ACCESS : Private. No access unless as an invited guest to a wedding.
You may have been at Duck Bay on Loch Lomond and looked across the water to the far side. You may have noticed a large interesting building almost surrounded by trees, lawns stretching out in front, sometimes with a large white marquee on those lawns. And wondered what that is. It is in fact Borurich Castle. The marquee has been replaced by an elegant purpose built modern pavilion - considered by all you have been there as perhaps the best wedding venue in Scotland. The amazing views that you may enjoy from around this end of the Loch are beautifully combined from this vantage point. Many of the islands are visible with Inchmurrin the most dominant. The hills stretch into the distance with Ben Lomond the crowning glory.
It is important to note that access is by invitation only for those attending functions such as weddings. The historic large and elegant main house is strictly private although as a guest, you will arrive past it.
It was designed by Robert Lugar in 1830 incorporating a 15th century castle. Later additions were by Scott, Stephen and Gale in 1834. An octagonal entrance tower dates from 1850 and some remodelling was done in the late 19th century.
This map extract is dated 1860 and shows the castle in the centre with various other buildings on the estate. NLS ©
Magnificent views from the steps of the pavilion with Inchmurrin the island in the foreground and Ben Lomond the main peak in the distance.
Excellent wedding facilities at the pavilion.
BRITISH LISTED BUILDINGS : https://britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/200339574-boturich-castle-kilmaronock#.X8ljvLlxdPY
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND maps : Dumbartonshire, Sheet XIV Survey date: 1860, Publication date: 1865