Your chance to own a castle at Mugdock!

Craigend Castle, mugdock, former zoo'15/9/12'Photo Emma Mitchell

Craigend Castle, mugdock, former zoo'15/9/12'Photo Emma Mitchell

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FOR sale - one ruined castle at Mugdock Country Park - in need of some love and attention.

Craigend Castle, which was the site of the former zoo at the park, is up for sale after over 50 years of lying empty and with no investement during that time it has fallen into a state of disrepair.

Stirling Council’s Mugdock Park committee agreed that the area of land, which extends to 1.87 acres including the derelict castle, was surplus to requirements.

The council intends to start marketing the land this month with a closing date of next year to enable any potential buyer to carry out their own investigations and checks.

At the closing date the buyer would be required to submit a purchase price, a schematic design, financial information to show that they can manage this scale of project and they would need to confirm that they have had discussions with the utility companies and provide a statement about the owls and bats living in the ruins.

Iain Arnott, the park’s manager, said: “Craigend Castle was built in Regency Gothic style by James Smith of Jordanhill in 1816 to plans by Alexander Ramsay and reflected the Smith’s recently acquired wealth. Its interiors were stunning, especially the public rooms.”