With Ben Nevis as its backdrop, this imposing and gracious castle sits amidst extensive gardens…
Seasgair by Michel Roux Jr
“Complex modern Scottish cooking in historic castle.” - AA Inspector
FORT WILLIAM, HIGHLAND
Set in a verdant valley at the foot of Ben Nevis, this top-flight restaurant at Inverlochy is within a baronial castle boasting spectacular views. There’s a real sense of history and opulence in the richly decorated public spaces, with all the high ceilings, antiques and crystal chandeliers you could hope for. Gaelic for ‘warm, cosy and comfortable’, the Seasgair restaurant is intimate and formal in approach. Seasonal dishes might include seared hand-dived scallops served on the shell, smoked roe sauce, pommes soufflés, followed by braised Scottish ox cheek, carrot ginger purée, herbs salad, crispy carrot and bacon powder.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 40
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 4
- Wines over £30: 240
- Wines by the glass: 11
- Cuisine style: Modern French
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe.
At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.
The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century.
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