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Inverlochy Castle

South Highland: About 1.5 miles north-east of Fort William, on minor roads north of A82, just south of River Lochy, north of Claggan, at Inverlochy Castle.

 

HES   NN 120754   OS: 41   PH33 6SN

 

OPEN: Access at all reasonable times.
Web: www.historicenvironment.scot / www.inverlochycastle.co.uk

 

Inverlochy Castle Hotel

Tel: 01397 702177  Web: www.inverlochycastlehotel.com

Inverlochy Castle, a ruinous medieval castle in a picturesque spot near Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland. Inverlochy Castle (old postcard)

Inverlochy Castle is a ruined 13th-century castle of enclosure with walls more than 10 foot thick. It has a rectangular courtyard with a round tower at each corner, one larger than the others, probably the keep or donjon and known as Comyn’s Tower. There are two entrances, opposite each other, which had portcullises, and the castle is further defended by a ditch on three sides.

Inverlochy Castle, a ruinous medieval castle in a picturesque spot near Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland. Inverlochy Castle (MacGibbon and Ross)
Inverlochy Castle, a ruinous medieval castle in a picturesque spot near Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland. Inverlochy Castle (MacGibbon and Ross)

This was a property of the Comyns, and Sir John Comyn of Badenoch and Lochaber died here in 1300. He was the father of John Comyn, rival to and murdered by Robert the Bruce in 1306, and the Comyn family were subsequently destroyed by Robert the Bruce from around 1308. The castle was granted to the Gordons of Huntly in 1505, but was abandoned in the middle of the 17th century for the new fort, Fort William. The castle has been consolidated.

Inverlochy Castle, a ruinous medieval castle in a picturesque spot near Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland. Inverlochy Castle (print 1936)

The castle is said to be haunted.  

  Two battles were fought nearby. In 1431 Donald Balloch and Alasdair Carrich led the MacDonalds to victory over an army of Stewarts, Allan Stewart, the Earl of Caithness, being among those who were slain. In the second in 1645, the Marquis of Montrose led a force of Highlanders to victory over the Covenanters, led by his arch foe, the Earl of Argyll.

Inverlochy Castle Hotel, a baronial mansion in a picturesque spot near Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland, now a hotel Inverlochy Castle: 'new' Inverlochy Castle, now a hotel (old postcard)

The newer ‘castle’ stands nearby [NN 138767], and is a large baronial rambling mansion of two and three storeys with turrets, towers, crenellated battlements and corbiestepped gables. The building dates from 1863 and was built by the Scarlett Lord Abinger. It was visited by Queen Victoria in 1873, and has been a hotel since 1969.

Plan of old Inverlochy Castle, a ruinous medieval castle in a picturesque spot near Fort William Inverlochy Castle: plan (MacGibbon and Ross)

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