Nestled at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, in the West Highlands among the glens, lochs and mountains of Scotland, is Inverlochy Castle. The baronial home was built by James Scarlett, the First Lord Abinger. It is about 2 miles from the site of the original 13th century fortress. In 1873 Queen Victoria spent a week there sketching and drawing and said “I never saw a lovelier or romantic spot.” In 1969 the castle was converted from a private residence to a country house hotel.
Dining at Inverlochy is an elegant experience. There are three dining rooms, each furnished with ornate gifts that were given to the castle by the King of Norway. The head chef, Philip Carnegie, has worked in the kitchen for nine years, taking over as head chef in 2009 and retaining the Michelin star. He was brought up on a farm in Aberdeenshire and sources all of his beef and lamb from Scotch Premier, Inverurie. The pork is sourced from a farm in Stranraer and venison and game come from the Muir of Ord, Black Isle.