Other places to stay in Invergarry
Since 1958 the Glengarry Castle Hotel has been a most comfortable country
house hotel with a jewel of a setting...on the shores of Loch Oich which
lies between Loch Ness and Loch Lochy in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
Small wonder then that guests return time after time to be welcomed by
proprietors David and Janetta MacCallum and their sons Donald and Robert.
The Glengarry Castle Hotel opens in mid March and closes in mid November
The hotel enjoys a deserved reputation for Highland hospitality. Fresh
local produce in season is the key to successful traditional cooking.
The building is Victorian with detailing such as a pine-panelled reception
hall and the library and lounge where mellow oil paintings reflect the
glow of a welcoming log fire. The hotel is completely non-smoking.
Good old-fashioned Scottish afternoon teas are a daily highlight.
Nearby, within the hotel's grounds comprising of 60 acres of tranquil
woodland, stands the ruin of a notable landmark.!
All of the 26 bedrooms are individually furnished, have private bathroom,
tea and coffee making facilities and direct-dial telephone with reasonable
charges. Some have four poster or half tester beds.
please note that all our bedrooms are individual, no two bedrooms
are quite the same.
Each bedroom has a portable radio and there are digital
TV channels (BBC1-4, ITV 1-4, News24 and other free to air channels).
There is an WiFi network throughout the hotel giving free internet access
if you have your own laptop or PDA with you, we also have a single internet
booth available, 50p for 30 minutes.
We have bedrooms at each grade which have loch view.
Our Superior bedrooms are furnished to a higher standard
and some have a four-post/half-tester bed.
Our Deluxe bedrooms are our largest bedrooms with the
biggest windows and best views, no children or pets are allowed. There
are several deluxe bedrooms with four poster bed and also twin bedded
Our family bedrooms are superior grade, these have one
double bed and one single bed and can have an extra bed added if required.
A double bedroom has a double bed, one bed for two people,
most of our double beds
measure 5 feet wide and are 6 feet 6 inches long but bed sizes do vary,
have wooden foot boards.
A twin bedroom has two single beds, each for one person,
all single beds measure
3 feet wide and are 6 feet 3 inches long.
All bathrooms have a bath and shower, a separate shower is fitted where
space permits, otherwise the shower is over the bath.
Please note that the hotel does not have an elevator/lift
and that there are no ground floor bedrooms.
Directions to Glengarry Castle
We recommend that you avoid Glasgow unless you are actually visiting
the city or surrounding area. Ongoing roadworks lead to delays throughout
the city and the road alongside Loch Lomond is very narrow and twisty.
Using satellite navigation - our postcode is PH35 4HW, this is not shared
by any other building, when you are within a mile of the hotel please
follow our signs and not the satnav instructions, TomTom will send you
down a potholed track!
According to TomTom our recommended route from the M6 via Stirling takes
just 3 minutes longer than their recommendation to use the A9 via Perth.
Coming north on the M6 - follow the M6 as it turns into
the A/M 74 then take the M73 and A/M 80 signposted Stirling. Then take
the A84 and A85 to Crianlarich where you join the A82 which takes you
through Glencoe and Fort William and onto Invergarry.
Coming north on the A1 - follow the A1 to the A720 Edinburgh
city bypass, follow this round to the Forth Road Bridge (no toll) exit
and the A/M 90 to Perth and the A9 north to Dalwhinnie, turn onto the
A889 and A86 to Spean Bridge and join the A82 north to Invergarry.
Coming from Inverness Airport - head towards Inverness
and follow signs for Fort William and the A82 to Invergarry via Drumnadrochit
and Fort Augustus.
Coming from Glasgow Airport - follow the M8 to the Erskine
Bridge (no toll) and the join the A82 north, to Invergarry via Loch Lomond,
Glencoe and Fort William.
Coming from Edinburgh Airport - head for the Forth Road
Bridge (no toll) and north via Perth, Pitlochry and Dalwhinnie.
Local places of interest
Loch Ness 7 miles
Urquhart Castle 25 miles
Inverness 40 miles
Eilean Donan Castle 40 miles
Isle of Skye 55 miles
Fort William 25 miles
Ben Nevis 25 miles
Glencoe 35 miles
Oban 70 miles
Inverness 1½ hours 45 miles
Glasgow 3½ hours 125 miles
Prestwick 4 hours 155 miles
Edinburgh 4 hours 150 miles
Please note that all our bedrooms are individual, no two bedrooms are
quite the same. The photographs on this website show a small sample of
our bedrooms and not all bedrooms have the same features and furnishings
as those shown.
Payment may be made by cheque (Sterling), Maestro, Visa or MasterCard.
When a room is reserved but the booking is not taken up, full payment
for bed and breakfast for one night will be due.
If a reservation is cancelled more than 14 days before the commencement
of the reservation the deposit will be refunded less an administration
charge of £10.00 per bedroom. In the event of cancellation less
than 14 days in advance a partial refund of deposit paid will be made
if the rooms are re-let.
Value added tax (V.A.T.) at 17.5% is included in all charges listed. If
there is any change in the rate of V.A.T. the charges will be amended
The owners will not be held responsible for any interruption or cessation
of usual services because of industrial action or other occurrence.
Check-in time is from 2.00 p.m. or earlier by prior arrangement. Check-out
time is 11.00am.
Guests expecting to check-in later than 9.00 p.m. are asked to advise
reception of time of arrival.
Well behaved dogs are permitted in hotel bedrooms (not in deluxe bedrooms)
provided that their owners bring baskets or rugs on which the dog may
Owners bringing pets are asked to advise reception prior to arrival.
An additional charge will be made for single occupation of a double or
Our entrance can be found on the A82, 1 mile South of the A87 intersection
Invergarry Castle, clan seat of the MacDonells of Glengarry, where Bonnie
Prince Charlie stayed after the Battle of Culloden. Indulge yourself by
fishing for brown trout on beautiful Loch Oich. Take advantage of the
Hotel's facilities, including rowing boats and tennis court. Enjoy spectacular
lochside walks. And discover just how much of the Highlands lie within
a leisurely day's drive. The main A82 traffic passes unseen and unheard
well to the rear of the Glengarry Castle Hotel thus offering unspoilt
access to the lochside. Return soon or make your first visit to the ideal
centre for touring the Highlands ... you'll be in the best of company.
History of Invergarry Caslte
Invergarry Castle was the seat of the Chiefs of the MacDonells
of Glengarry, a powerful branch of the Clan Donald, known as the Clan
Ranald of Knoydart and Glengarry. Its situation on Creagan an Fhithich
- the Raven's Rock - overlooking Loch Oich in the Great Glen, was a strategic
one in the days of clan feuds and Jacobite risings.
It is not certain when the first structure was erected on Creagan an Fhithich
but there are sites of at least two prior to the present Castle.
The present structure was designed on the "L" plan, with a round
tower at the north-east angle. The main building rose to five and the
angle tower to six storeys in height. The hall, on the first floor, measured
44 by 20 feet.
Prince Charles Edward Stuart- "Bonnie Prince Charlie" - visited
the Castle in 1745, shortly after the raising of the Royal Standard at
Glenfinnan and is said to have rested there after his defeat at Culloden,
in 1746. The redcoats of "Butcher" Cumberland burned it in 1746
after the Battle of Culloden but the stout walls refused to yield and
have survived the centuries to serve as a reminder to their glorious past.
The Chief during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, was Alasdair
Ranaldson MacDonell, the subject of a famous portrait by Sir Henry Raeburn,
which now hangs in the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. This chief
is said to have been Sir Walter Scott's prototype for Fergus MacIvor,
a principal character in his novel "Waverley".
Historically Important Dates
1610-40 Building of first Castle of Invergarry
1645 Glengarry raided by the Covenanters
1646 Montrose visited the Castle
1654 Castle destroyed by General Monk
c.1660-65 Building of the new Castle
1690 Jacobite officers took refuge in the CastleInvergarry lands declared
forfeitGlengarry built new fortifications
1692 Occupation by English troops
1715 Glengarry regained possession by force
1716 Reoccupied by English troopsCastle burned down
1727 Occupation by Thomas Rawlinson
1731 Glengarry regained the Castle as his home
1745-46 Prince Charles visited before and after Culloden
1750 Final destruction of the Castle
1838 The Glengarry portion of the estate sold to Marquis of Huntly
1839 Glenquoich estate sold to 'Bear' Ellice
1860 'Bear' Ellice added the Glengarry portion of his estate to his Glenquoich
This listing reproduced by permission of Glengarry Heritage Centre