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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Douglas Cameron (16 months ago)
Lovely place to stay eat and drink
Donna Kershaw-mann (2 years ago)
An absolutely beautiful fairy tale castle a must to see .It's the nicest castle I have ever seen .
Anthony Miles (2 years ago)
Great ruin, it is fenced off, but there is a way to sneak inside at your own risk for the more adventurous.
Richard Payne (2 years ago)
Small ruin located off the main road and close to the hotel. Worth a look at for a few minutes if you are passing and have time though not woth a special trip unless you are a die-hard castle fan. No real parking to be spoken of except a small area in front of the structure that would only fit a few cars. It's fenced off for safety and there's a sheer drop at the back down to the water.
Texa Macindeor (2 years ago)
Tucked away along a long single track drive, we had a delightful break in our journey home with read and gf cake, oh and my husband claims THE most amazing scones! Lovely gardens to wander round with the original castle ruins to admire. Ideal if you have dogs with you that need a break from your journey too
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