The architecture is different to most types of Scottish castle and its construction may have been influenced English trends at the time as some of the Rait brothers were known to have visited England.
It is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman, daughter of the then Cumming laird. She died in tragic circumstances when she fell from one of the window ledges having had her hands cut off on her father's orders. He had invited Macintosh guests to a feast but planned to murder them and fearing that his daughter had given the game away, he had her swiftly dealt with.
The Save Rait Castle web site includes history, photos and tales of the ghost.
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News report about Rait Castle (The Scotsman, March 2010)