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Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, Scotland

Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, Scotland

Inverlochy Castle is Scotland's finest hotel and restaurant, nestled amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands.

Situated in Lochaber, Fort William, the castle’s reflection echoes from its own loch, backed by Britain’s highest mountain, the majestic Ben Nevis.

Emanating beauty, the West Highlands stretch all the way to the sea coastline including Ardnamurchan and Mallaig in the west, and includes the historical area of Glen Spean in the north east and the Great Glen in the north – on the way to the world famous Loch Ness.

The grandeur of this much-awarded historic hotel only adds to the beauty of its dramatic landscape making it a great base from which to explore the scenic Scottish Highlands.

The castle was built in 1863 by the first Lord Abinger, near the site of the original 13th century fortress. Later that year, Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy sketching and painting where she wrote in her diaries 'I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot'.

Today’s guest receives an equally royal welcome in the great hall, and spends their days walking, relaxing with a matchless selection of limited-release whiskies, or enjoying the fabulous cuisine.

Inverlochy had been a private residence for over a hundred years until 1969 when it was converted from a family home to Scotland's finest country house hotel. The castle has since been awarded Best Hotel in Europe (2006) and Best Service in Europe (2007), Scottish Hotel Awards Luxury Hotel of the Year (2010, 2011 and 2013) and Condé Nast Johansens Best Destination (2014).

The luxurious Gate Lodge, fine dining restaurant, featuring local produce and extensive landscaped gardens surrounding the hotel, gives guests plenty to keep them occupied and content. Activities also include billiards/snooker on a full sized table, an extensive whisky library to choose from, private loch fishing, clay pigeon shooting, games room, stalking, shooting, fishing, pony trekking and skiing.

Guests can also enjoy a round of golf at the Fort William Golf Club, an 18-hole course measuring 6200 yards off the white tee and 5464 yards off the yellow tee. You will not only enjoy the test of this challenging course but also experience the magic and splendour of the Lochaber scenery.

Built in 1974 at the foot of Ben Nevis, the course offers a great day out for all types of golfer. The 6th at Fort William is one of the finest par 3s in Scotland. Although a short hole measuring only 125 yards, it is very testing with heavy rough off the front of the tee. A 15-foot burn surrounds the green with a bunker on either side and heavy rough and trees through the back.

Further outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed nearby at Achnacarry Estate’s Sporting & Country Pursuits. Guests are transferred to and from the hotel to the estate which extends to approximately 75,000 acres and there are a wide range of activities to suit all interests and abilities, including wildlife watching, sightseeing & photography tours, hill walks, stalking, fishing and much more.

Inverlochy Castle is 90 minutes from the Highland capital Inverness, two and a half hours from Glasgow International, and three hours from Edinburgh International. Helipad transfers are available by the castle’s Rolls Royce Phantom. Transfers are also available by Rolls Royce from airports and are available for day hires.

With 17 luxurious bedrooms to choose from, a stay at Inverlochy Castle guarantees a magical Scottish Highlands experience.

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