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Inverlochy Castle Hotel

Highlands

Torlundy, Fort William, Inverness-shire. PH33 6SN.

Tel: +44 1397 702 177

http://www.inverlochy.co.uk

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Our review

Inverlochy Castle Hotel & Restaurant is a superb place to stay, relax and enjoy an indulgent, luxurious retreat.

Built in 1863 among the foothills of Ben Nevis, HM Queen Victoria once stayed here and few features of this magnificent Victorian castle have changed since. The original features have all been maintained to the highest standard and are still looking magnificent. The sense grandeur upon arrival is palpable as you wind your way along a tree-lined drive before being greeted under the elaborately carved porche couvert — be sure to manoeuvre carefully past the hotel’s Rolls Royce Phantom, which is available for guest use upon request. 

As you enter the Great Hall, look up and behold the intricate Venetian crystal chandeliers and the Michelangelo-style ceiling fresco, both of which will give you a hint as to just what kind of place this is.  The Great Hall and the incredibly beautiful Drawing Room are perfect spaces in which to relax before having dinner in one of the three elaborately decorated, but tasteful dining rooms. It’s worth noting that many of the furniture items in these rooms were presented to the hotel by the King of Norway, during World War II, and it is all undoubtedly befitting of royalty.

Dining at Inverlochy Castle is a real experience. Albert and Michael Roux Jr’s experience, compounded with the skill of Head Chef Andy Turnbull, has resulted in an award winning, six-course taster menu. The finest Scottish local produce is carefully selected and lovingly crafted into delicate, mouth-watering dishes that are served alongside wines matched by the hotel’s widely recognised sommelier. This is something you have to experience. What’s more, Jane Watson and her dedicated team will match the dining room to the number of guests, thus ensuring a cosy and comfortable environment — such is the level of detail in the service at Inverlochy Castle.

The 17 individually designed suites and bedrooms are all immaculately presented in a traditional style, but exhibit modern twists to ensure the guest’s maximum comfort.  All have fabulous views of the delightful grounds and surrounding mountains. Soak your cares away in a beautiful roll top bath or take a luxurious rainfall shower and enjoy the Arran Aromatic accessories before settling into a soft and fluffy bathrobe.

When it comes to exploring the surrounding area, the team at the hotel have wonderful local knowledge and can advise you on how to spend your day. From gentle walks to golf at Fort William, wildlife and photography tours or even enjoy a spot of fishing in the hotel’s own Loch Na Marag, your every desire will be catered for.

So the next time you’re planning an indulgent getaway in the Highlands, ensure that Inverlochy Castle is your first port of call.

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