Invergarry Castle was the seat of the Chiefs of the MacDonells of Glengarry, a powerful branch of the Clan MacDonald. It was burned down in 1654 by General Monk, then rebuilt c.1660-1665. After the 1745 uprising Invergarry Castle was sacked and partially destroyed by troops under 'Butcher' Cumberland as part of the systematic suppression of the Highlands.

Edward Ellice (1781-1863) was a Director of the Hudson Bay company, which traded throughout the Americas. His son Edward Ellice (1810-1880) later became deputy governor of the company. Edward 'Bear' Ellice was also to become the Member of Parliament representing Coventry in the House of Commons, 1818 to 1826 and 1830-1863. He added the Glengarry portion of the estate, including Invergarry and lands, to his Glenquoich holding in 1860.

Invergarry House, later re-named Glengarry Castle Hotel, was built in 1866-1869 by celebrated architect David Bryce for Edward Ellice Jnr. David Bryce built over 100 Baronial Mansions and his other works include Fettes College, The Royal Infirmary and The Bank of Scotland all of which are in Edinburgh.

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Founded: 1660-1665
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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F W (7 months ago)
If you come near by, visit it. You cant enter the ruin.
Alex Ballance (8 months ago)
Lovely place but no info board, which us a great shame
Joseph Ingram-Gettins (9 months ago)
Nice and scenic. You wont spend long at the castle itself as there is not much of it and very little information around it. Beautiful castle ruins but that's about it. I wouldn't go out my way to see it but if you're in the area worth a quick look.
Kerry “Kandy Kerry” Macdonnell (12 months ago)
Beautiful building steeped in history. A quiet little thinking spot off the beaten track, could happily sink hours here.
MAZUL (2 years ago)
Well I like ruins ... SO although it really is in real bad shape, WE both wanted to see historical sites and sounds of Scotland.. This castle was probably a grand place all those centuries ago, but now this sign tells you how it is.
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