Inverlochy Castle - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama of Inverlochy Castle near Fort William in Scotland. This picture was taken outside the castle at the Water Gate showing the way into the courtyard.
Inverlochy Castle - FURTHER INFORMATION
Inverlochy Castle - Fort William visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Inverlochy Castle' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.
The ruins of Inverlochy Castle are one of the tourist attractions close to Fort William on the west side of Scotland. The name has been adopted by the popular Inverlochy Castle Hotel. Inverlochy Castle dates from the 13th Century and was not much modified after it's construction. It was built between 1270-1280 by John "the Black" Comyn, but the Comyns were forced to leave the castle after William the Bruce took the Scottish throne.
Inverlochy Castle stands on the banks of River Lochy at the entrance to the Great Glen. It is comprised of a central courtyard some 31 by 27 metres in size with walls up to 2.7m thick and 7.6m high. There are four circular towers, three of which are 4.3m in diameter. The forth, known as Comyn Tower on the northwest corner, is 6.1m across. Originally the castle was surrounded by a moat fed by the river.
The 1431 Battle of Inverlochy was fought near to the castle, when Alexander MacDonald, Lord of the Isles defeated the superior forces of King James I. The castle saw conflict again in the 1645 second Battle of Inverlochy, when Royalist forces defeated the Covenanter forces of the Marquess of Argyll. In the 19th Century James Scarlett, 1st Baron Abinger built a Scottish baronial style mansion northwest of the castle. This is now the Inverlochy Castle Hotel.
The ruins of Inverlochy Castle are managed by Historic Scotland and open to the public.