- Inverlochy Castle
Inverlochy Castle can refer to two castles in the Fort William area of
Inverlochy Castle is a
castlelocated near Fort William, Inverness-shire, Scotland. It is said to have been built about 1270-1280 by John "the Black" Comyn, Lord of Badenochand Lochaber, chief of the Clan Comyn. (gbmappingsmall|NN120754)
It is now a ruin but is unusual because the layout has changed little since it was built. Originally there was a water filled ditch on three sides and the
River Lochyon the fourth side. Later a few minor enhancements were done by Lord Abingerfor the visit of Queen Victoriato his house (the railway to Mallaig passes close to the west of the castle).
The castle is also famous as a stopping off point in 1645 for the royalist army of
James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrosethe 1st during his campaign against the Covenanterforces of the Marquess of Argyll during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. This culminated in a victory for the royalists in the 1645 Battle of Inverlochy on February 2.
In recent years the Castle has annually hosted the local High School graduation party. The Castle ruin is one of
Historic Scotland's properties.
Inverlochy Castle Hotel
There is also Inverlochy Castle Hotel which is about two miles away from Inverlochy Castle. This is a baronial mansion which built in 1863 by the 1st
Lord Abinger. Queen Victoriaspent a week at Inverlochy during a 1873 visit to Balmoral, remarking "I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot". [http://www.inverlochycastlehotel.com/about.html] (gbmappingsmall|NN138767)
The house has been used as a
hotelsince 1969. It is arguably one of the most prestigious country house hotels in the world and was voted "Best hotel in Europe" by "Travel and Leisure Magazine" in 2006.
* [http://www.inverlochycastlehotel.com/ Inverlochy Castle Hotel] - official website
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