The history of The Inch Hotel at Fort Augustus
The Inch or Inchnacardoch House has been here for over 150 years, formerly a hunting lodge, and then a base for the RAF during World War 2, finding its current vocation in the 1950s. The Inch still retains all the charm and features from its fascinating past with the bell used to call the hunters home at night still in working order on the side of the building and period features throughout the hotel. At the side of the hotel is a woodland path leading through the woods to the abandoned hanging shed used for the game collected on hunts - a great reminder that this was, and remains a working house.
Hotel accommodation on Loch Ness is steeped in history
The name Inchnacardoch comes from Gaelic and means field or meadow of the blacksmith in reference to the former blacksmiths house just in front of the hotel. This meadow is now the summer home to five highland cattle seen on many of the images on this website and have become a favourite with tourists passing through.
The Inchnacardoch House was built by Lord Lovat, the Lovat family have been at the heart of Scotland for centuries and have a family history very long, very remarkable and very complicated. Read about it here »
In front of the hotel in Inchnacardoch bay is Cherry Island - all that remains of an ancient crannog. These man made islands stretch back over 5000 years and were former loch dwellings for our prehistoric ancestors.