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Inverlochy Castle, Fort William

Inverlochy Castle

Originally a private residence for Lord Abinger, Inverlochy Castle is now one of Scotland’s most luxurious hotels, set within the wild mountain scenery of the West Highlands. Opulently decorated throughout, with grand chandeliers, antique furniture and traditional furnishings, Inverlochy nevertheless pervades a feeling of homeliness and comfort. Located just ten minutes from Fort William, the castle’s grounds stretch down towards its own loch and it’s overlooked by the Nevis range, but it’s the dining that really makes Inverlochy Castle stand out. The restaurant is run by Michelin-starred Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jr, and serves a delectable six-course tasting menu. This can be paired with the help of the hotel’s sommelier – who’s also extremely knowledgeable about Scotland’s whiskies.

Our rating: Deluxe

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Rooms

Each of the rooms is individually decorated, with elaborate period furnishings in-keeping with the castle’s history. Rooms vary from standard doubles and twins to suites, which tend to be much larger with their own living space, and have fantastic views. As this is such an old building, each room has a different size and layout, and some have a couple of steps leading down to the bathroom. Some bathrooms have separate baths and showers.

Location

Located just a ten minute drive from Fort William on the west coast of Scotland, the castle is surrounded by mountains and overlooked by Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest peak. The Nevis Mountain Gondola is just five minutes’ drive from Inverlochy, and there are plenty of outdoor activities possible to do in the immediate surrounds.

Food and drink

The restaurant in Inverlochy Castle is managed by Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jr. The menu combines local ingredients with a French twist, and each course can be paired with wine from around the world. The hotel’s sommelier has also created an extensive whisky menu and can talk you through whiskies from different regions. Afternoon tea can be served in either of the hotel’s lounges.

Facilities and activities

It’s possible to book various outdoor activities through the hotel: these are listed in the hotel dossier in each room. Alternatively ask one of the staff to help. Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the property.

Accessibility

The hotel has no lift, although staff are on hand to assist with carrying your luggage.

Our opinion

We love this luxurious ‘home away from home’, with fantastic service and spectacular views.

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