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Glengarry Castle Hotel


(Invergarry House)

A fine Scots Baronial mansion on the shores of Loch Oich in the Great Glen, Glengarry Castle Hotel was built 1866-69 as Invergarry House by the celebrated architect David Bryce (1803-76) for Edward Ellice Jr. (1810-80). Ellice was Deputy Governor of the Canadian Hudson Bay Company. His father had been a Director of the Company and acquired the Glengarry Estate in 1860. An unusual feature of the house is the Canadian pitch-pine panelling which dominates the entrance hall. A stable block was attached to the northwest 1875-76.

Subsequent owners included cigarette-manufacturer Sir Frederick Wills (1838 - 1909) and Sir Mortimer Singer (1863 - 1929) son of the inventor of the sewing-machine. It later passed into the possession of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board, who built the nearby Garry-Moriston Hydro-Electric Power Scheme. Standing in 24.2 ha (60 acres) of woodland policies, the hotel is now privately owned and includes 26 bedrooms. It operates only between March and November each year.

The ruined Invergarry Castle lies next to the drive to the southwest of the house.


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