West coast Scotland, United Kingdom
At a Glance
Plenty of activities from wildlife viewing to mountain walks
Surrounded by beautiful grounds and countryside
A true 19th century Scottish castle
Inverlochy even has a loch where you can go fishing
Ideal location for exploring the West Coast and Glencoe
Best time to Visit
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Average time to visit
It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
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Inverlochy Castle is located in the West Highlands of Scotland. Originally a family home, it was converted into a country house hotel in the late 1960s. Nestled between the lochs, glens and mountains, it is a wonderful place to explore the highlands.
This regal 19th century hotel is located just a 10-minute drive away from the picturesque town of Fort William. The 17 rooms are all a reasonable size, each have their own individual design with a homely Scottish feel. They are all named after the Scottish highland islands, keeping the Scottish theme throughout. All rooms have lovely views on to the stunning grounds of the surrounding mountains. As with the bedrooms, all of the en-suite bathrooms are different; some are equipped with an old fashioned copper roll top baths, while others have a more modern power shower and others have a bath and a shower.
The award-winning menu at Inverlochy, can be enjoyed in each of the three dining rooms, which are all styled in a period fashion and much of the furniture was given as a gift from the King of Norway. The ingredients on the menu are sourced as locally as possible, with many of the cuts of meat and fillets of fish being reared very close by in the Highlands.
The area of Lochaber in which the castle is situated is famous for its outdoor activities, so there is plenty to keep you entertained during your stay. From golf to water sports, off road driving and mountain biking to clay pigeon shooting and climbing, there is something for everyone.
Inverlochy Castle Hotel has 17 rooms looking out on to the grounds or the mountains. All of which are well sized with traditional furnishings and Scottish touches as well as large bathrooms.
Room facilities include 30 inch Phillips mirror televisions, personal safe, CD player, radio, iron/ironing board. DVD player and video player, personal laptop computer with internet access.
Children of all ages are welcome at Inverlochy Castle and there are plenty of activities to keep them entertained including, a games and billiards room, Play Station, lots of woodland walks as well as a boat trip on the loch.
The restaurant at Inverlochy Castle is arranged into three dining rooms each furnished with period pieces. The menu concentrates on modern English style with locally sourced ingredients.
The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.
A round of golf down in Fort William at the impressive 18 hole Fort William Golf Club promises a great course as well as breathtaking scenery during your round. For the adventurous, water sports including white water rafting, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing in the Loch Oich - just 30-minutes away from the castle. Or, go mountain biking through the forest, off-road driving across the rugged terrain, clay pigeon shooting or even wall climbing.
Haile Brant (Staff)
As you pass through the incredible stone doorway and into Inverlochy Castle, you can immediately recognise the grandeur. Even the dining room is stunning featuring furniture gifted from the King of Norway in 1863. While you are here, enjoy one of the many activities that can be arranged such as archery, clay shooting, falconry or just enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautifully designed garden paths spanning the entire property. You just might discover little hidden spots such as the tennis courts, the walled garden and even a chapel near the lake. Head over to Fort William during the day for some entertainment, small boutiques, cute stores and great restaurants, this picturesque town is not to miss!
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan is recognised around the world as one of the most iconic images of Scotland, situated amongst a striking landscape on an island where three great lochs meet. The entirety of the castle and a visitor center can be explored at your leisure.
Explore the Cairngorms
Discover the Cairngorms National Park with your knowledgeable guide, exploring by canoe and mountain bike. Make your way across one of the park's most beautiful lochs before continuing by bike on the other side towards a barbecue lunch.
Glencoe is Scotland’s most famous glen, and its dramatic scenery has been the backdrop to an equally dramatic history. Glencoe today remains irresistible to climbers and walkers keen to explore this magical and mysterious place.
The fun and spectacle of a Highland Games, one of Scotland's most quintessential experiences, makes a wonderful day out and offers a great chance to meet the locals. Events like tossing the caber, tug of war and highland dancing are bound to enthral you.
The Jacobite Steam Train runs between Fort William and Mallaig on the wonderfully scenic West Highland railway line, famed for its iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct which may seem familiar as it is on the way to Hogwarts in three of the Harry Potter films.
In Search of Nessie
Board a fast RIB for an exhilarating private expedition in search of the fabled Loch Ness Monster. Even if a sighting proves elusive, you'll be thrilled as you travel at up to 40 knots and explore the history, culture and landscapes of Loch Ness.
Isle of Mull
The Isle of Mull is the second largest of the Hebrides, an archipelago off the west coast of Scotland and is a paradise for those who love the great outdoors.
Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is derived from the old Norse sky-a which translates to "cloud island", so called because of its often mist-cloaked hills.
Make your own tartan
This is an exciting and exclusive opportunity to design your own family tartan- the hallmark of any Scottish family. You'll be guided through the process of having your very own exclusive tartan identity as well as creating the story behind your design.
Marine Wildlife & Corryvreckan Whirlpool Safari
This exceptional boat adventure in the Firth of Lorn offers a thrilling marine wildlife experience. Watch for minke whales, orcas, dolphins, basking shark and seabirds before taking on Corryvreckan, the world's third largest whirlpool.
Private Hawk Walk
Be amazed and learn about the ancient art of falconry with a truly hands on experience.
Private Highland Safari
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a tailored safari with your Safari Ranger in a 4x4. This Safari will inspire you with an insight into this magnificent natural wilderness and you will stop for a delicious picnic lunch too.
Private Tour of a Whisky Distillery with a Master Distiller
Join a master distiller and learn the secrets of the finest whiskies in the world before sampling the golden nectar afterwards. We can arrange exclusive visits to legendary distilleries such as Dalmore, Glenlivet, Laphroaig and Macallan.
Stirling Castle & the Trossachs
Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland’s history. It has witnessed the
crowning of many Scottish Kings and Queens, and the earliest parts of the building date back as far as the 15th and 16th centuries.
Magnificently positioned above Loch Ness, the ruins of Urquhart Castle has stood for well over a thousand years. Visiting Urquhart Castle offers superlative views and a fascinating history from St Columba to the seventeenth century when it was blown up.
Visit Castle Stalker
Castle Stalker, with its bewitching island setting against a dramatic mountain backdrop, has made it an icon of the Scottish Highlands. It is one of the best-preserved medieval tower-houses in western Scotland and a wonderful subject for photographers.
Wildlife Hub at Appin
The Wildlife Hub at Appin on the coast of Loch Linnhe features interactive displays and live webcams so you can learn all about the animals and birds that call the Scottish coast their home.
Location & directions
West coast Scotland, United Kingdom
Inverlochy Castle is located just a 10-minute drive away from the town of Fort William in the West Highlands of Scotland.
How to get there
International flights from the US, Canada and Europe arrive directly into Glasgow and Edinburgh airports in the summer, with UK connections landing at all Scottish airports including Inverness and Aberdeen.
The castle is then between a 2-3 hour drive from these airports.