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Inverlochy Castle

Inverlochy Castle

Inverlochy Castle is distinguished in native tradition as a residence of the early sovereigns of the country, and where the league between Achaius and Charlemagne was ratified. However doubtful, or even fabulous, the latter circumstance may appear, there is nothing improbable in its having served as a royal residence, at a time when the fittest situation for the king's palace was that which promised the greatest security as a fortress. In this respect the ruins of Inverlochy offer sufficient evidence, by the strength of their position and the capacious area they still occupy, that they were well adapted to afford the kingly recommendations of splendor and security. It consists of a quadrangle, with round towers at the angles, well fortified according to those tactics which did not anticipate the effects of a battering-train. Here, it is said, Banquo, thane of Lochaber, resided in princely state; an event perpetuated by a pleasant walk still bearing his name. The powerful family of Cumining, or Comyn, already named, also possessed it, and have left their name to the western tower. From the opposite side of the lake from which it tales its name, the Castle, backed by stupendous mountain scenery and the wild and rugged opening into Glen-Nevis, appears to great advantage.

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