Nestled in the wild landscape of the North West Highlands is Inverlochy Castle. I had a wonderful stay during an unseasonably warm few days in March last year and wanted to share my thoughts on staying here
Driving through the beautiful gardens towards the castle, you arrive at a huge archway and realise that everything is going to be handled for you in the most unassuming manner. Our luggage was swiftly removed from the car and the car parked before I could even think about it.The awe-inspiring backdrop of Ben Nevis just behind the 19th century castle makes for a very impressive view.
Amongst my favourite thing during my stay at Inverlochy was my huge impressive bathroom. I have never felt the need to take so many baths in such a short period of time; it was the most magical room. The other outstanding experience was most definitely the food. The restaurant serves a 6 course-tasting menu which changes every night. Each of the 6 courses was an absolute delight. The handmade Mallaig Lobster and brown shrimp ravioli with celeriac, apple and sauce bisque started off the procession of delights, which just kept coming. Each course was one as delicious and creative as the last
After rising early the next morning I opened my curtains to the most amazing sight. A low rolling mist clinging onto the mountains, the morning sun just beginning to rise in the clear sky and a perfect reflection in the loch close to the gardens. I did a mad dash downstairs to try and get out on the water before the wind picked up. I quickly untied the hotel’s little rowing boat from its boat shed and paddled out onto the still water.The reflection of the castle appeared just as the last wisps of low-lying mist on the water began to lift while the sun rose above. Ben Nevis framed the castle perfectly in the background. I couldn’t think if a better way to spend a morning.
The Castle would make a perfect quiet, luxurious retreat for couples. I loved every second I spent at the castle and would highly recommend it.