Although now a ruin, this was one of the most important castles in Scottish history and has been the backdrop for two major historical events, the first and second battles of Inverlochy.
Inverlochy Castle was built by the ‘Red’ Comyns, lords of Badenoch and Lochaber. The Comyns dominated northern Scotland in the 1200s, and were key supporters of King John Balliol, earning the enmity of Robert the Bruce.
After seizing the throne in 1306, Bruce made the destruction of the Comyns a priority, and ruthlessly set about overthrowing them.
Much of what we see at Inverlochy Castle today was built by the Comyns. It’s a formidable fortress, which has survived remarkably well. Few castles from the 1200s survive unaltered in Scotland today, and Inverlochy is one of the most complete.