Old Inverlochy Castle

If you’re staying in Lochaber, we would highly recommend visiting the fascinating old ruins of Inverlochy Castle. This was one of the most important castles in Scottish history and the location for two historical battles. The castle is open to the public to walk through, with information boards that will enlighten you about its history. There is also free car parking beside the castle ruins.

One of Scotland’s famous castles

The moat that surrounded the castle is now gone. But it did once offer a natural defensive position against the River Lochy at the western end of The Great Glen, giving the castle a superior advantage against foes. The historical Old Military Road built by General Wade also passes right by the castle and the route can still be followed if you’re walking back into Fort William’s town centre.

Inverlochy Castle dates back to the 13th century. In 1654 the castle was abandoned initially in favour of a timber fort built nearby, then in 1690 it was fortified in stone and named “Fort William” after King William III. The “Old Fort” in Fort William fell into disuse during the 1860’s when the railway was built into Fort William, it cut through the land on which the Old Fort was built beside Loch Linnhe. However, you can still walk along the waterfront and see some parts of the ruins of the Old Fort that still remain at the end of the by-pass, at the big round about near Morrisons.

Old Inverlochy Castle ruins

Walking to Old Inverlochy Castle from Blythedale House takes about an hour and is roughly 4.5km away. It’s one of our favourite afternoon strolls on a nice day, walking along the waterfront to the Old Fort. From the Old Fort which is in the centre of Fort William, you can take the Great Glen Way path heading along the River Lochy to reach the romantic ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle. For further details of this walk, check out the Walk Highlands website.