Inverlochy CastleAn ancient and historic Castle in the foothills of Ben Nevis; ideal for weddings and exclusive celebrations
Inverlochy Castle is Scotland's finest hotel and restaurant uniquely located amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands of Scotland. The castle's unique position and historic architecture offer guests of all events an experience to be treasured. A recipient of a Michelin star, dining at the castle in one of the opulent dining rooms, is a feast for the senses. Enjoy Afternoon Tea by the open log fire in the Great Hall, cocktails in The Drawing Room, scenic walks around the stunning grounds and fishing on the loch. Inverlochy Castle is a prestigious venue suitable for intimate private celebrations and exclusive corporate events, offering attendees of your event the chance to experience Scotland at its best.
Built in 1863 by the first Lord Abinger, Inverlochy Castle was a private residence until 1963. Queen Victoria herself visited in 1873 and commented in her diaries 'I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot'. Located amidst the scenic foothills of Ben Nevis overlooking its own loch, the castle today offers visitors a chance to experience Scotland at its most dramatic and luxurious. Inverlochy can be hired on an exclusive basis making it ideal for an intimate wedding or corporate conference. The Inverlochy Castle event spaces are the perfect location for special celebration. From small intimate occasions to family weddings, this venue has the setting, the history and the magic touch.
Quite possibly the most exclusive and romantic wedding destination in Scotland, the castle is the perfect backdrop to an unforgettable wedding in the Scottish Highlands. Wedding ceremonies can take place in The Great Hall or The Drawing Room each with their own individual character and ambiance, A Scottish Piper is also available to provide the quintessential Scottish touch. For business and corporate entertaining, the castle's Library and Drawing Room make for excellent meeting rooms and there is accommodation on site for up to 18 guests. Private dining is available for up to 20 guests in the Drawing Room.
The 17 individually designed bedrooms within the castle itself all have en-suite bathrooms and enjoy striking vistas across the loch or up to the mountains above. Renowned for its fabulous cuisine and a proud recipient of a Michelin star, dining in one of the 3 opulent dining rooms is the pinnacle of the Inverlochy experience. The stunning castle grounds offer scenic walks and activities such as clay pigeon shooting, fishing on the loch and horse riding. Afternoon tea can be taken by the open log fire in the Grand Hall and the Drawing Room is ideal for a pre-dinner cocktail.
Excellently located, the castle is closest to Inverness but also within reach of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Transfers can be arranged from any Scottish airport where guests can be picked up in the hotel's own Rolls Royce Phantom. An 18 hole golf course is available a short distance away in Fort William and numerous other golf courses are within easy reach. A full sized snooker table, games room and library at the castle provide additional entertainment for visitors.
Inverlochy was built in 1863 by the first Lord Abinger, near the site of the original 13th century fortress. In September 1873 during a trip to Balmoral, Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy sketching and painting. In 1889, Edinburgh architect J MacVicar Anderson was hired to extend and upgrade the castle, adding a four-storey tower and a smaller square turret, as well as several large bay windows. The castle became state of the art for its day, with the installation of a hot-water heating system and electric lights. Inverlochy remained a private residence for over a hundred years until 1969 when it was converted from a family home into Scotland's finest country house hotel. The castle has had its share of interesting guests over the years, including, in 1869 Jefferson Davis, the President of the American Confederacy, and, four years later, Queen Victoria.