A few years ago my HB club did an experiment brewing unhopped "gruit" beers. One of the options was a Scottish ale and it works well as a gruit. Another possible addition to your gruit herbs is heather, which works nicely.
Since it's a specialty beer, and, historically, most gruit beer would have been amber to dark brown, don't worry about the color unless you're worried about the darker malt giving an unwanted flavor notes that clash with the herbs.
If you're interested in brewing an "authentic" gruit (in so much as it is possible to do so using modern ingredients and techniques), then possibly substitute oat or wheat (malted or unmalted) for the crystal if you want body in your beer. For extra authenticity, perhaps add a bit of smoked malt, since, until the 18th century, most malt was dried over wood fires. While brewers tried hard to eliminate the smoky flavor, some might have still persisted.