Scheduled Monument

Inverlochy CastleSM90172

Status: Designated


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


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Secular: castle
Local Authority
NN 12044 75425
212044, 775425


This monument comprises the remains of a late 13th-century castle built by the Comyn Lords of Lochaber.

The building is roughly square with a round tower on each corner. The W corner tower is larger than the other three. There are gates through the walls on the NW side, facing the River Lochy, and the SE side. The walls stand to about 9m in height. Running round the SW, SE and NE sides there is a heavily silted defensive ditch which was presumably flooded. Beyond this is a slighter wall which appears to be purely 19th-century.

Recent excavation has shown earlier occupation of the site than the present upstanding remains. It also uncovered later use of the site for industrial processes in the 18th century.

The area to be scheduled is roughly rectangular. It is bounded to the N by the River Lochy, to the E by the W bank of an open drainage ditch, to the S by the fence flanking the tail race from the Lochaber Smelting Works and to the W by the fence flanking the railway line. Where this fence stops short of the river, the boundary is continued by the line of the parapet of the railway bridge. Within this area there is one principle exclusion, the building and grounds of Old Inverlochy Cottage to the SW of the Castle. This exclusion measures roughly 17m E-W by 16m N-S and is defined by but does not include the boundary of the property. Within the scheduled area are several telegraph poles, a metalled road and modern fences. These features are included in the scheduling because their alteration could be damaging to the archaeology of the site. The area to be scheduled measures approximately 160m E-W by 130m N-S at its greatest extent and is marked in red on the accompanying map.



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Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

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