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
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Craig Pollock (3 months ago)
Fenced off to "protect the public" can get it if you go to the right hand side and hop the barbed wire as there's a bent bit of fence that you can squeeze through
Connor Mackie (3 months ago)
An amazing historical place to visit , with lots of lovley walks . Know the history before you visit. It makes it much more atmospheric.
Loli Alcocer (4 months ago)
We stopped there in our way back home from Skye island, it was a really lovely place for having a picnic and taking a walk.
Ashley Cave (5 months ago)
Invergarry castle is a wonderful small ruin located atop small cliff along Loch Oich, just off the A82 and makes a nice place to stop and take a break from driving. You can walk around the outside of the castle, and there are warnings against entering with the gate chained shut. There is also a small walk down to the water edge where you can see a boat wreck listing to the side.
Sarah Middleton (6 months ago)
Five minute walk around is all that is needed to see the ruins. It's gated around as it's structurally unsound. But great quick stop
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