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Visit Inverlochy Castle

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Upon visiting Inverlochy Castle in 1873, Queen Victoria wrote in her diary "I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot."
Visit Inverlochy Castle

Inverlochy Castle foreground: A life-size chessboard for guests to play. Parked at the curb: The house car is a late model, and very posh, Rolls-Royce Phantom.

© Susan Breslow Sardone. 
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh slept here. Charlie Chaplin, too. So did Liam Neeson, Sean Connery, J.K. Rowling, and the cast of the Harry Potter movies.

Refined Inverlochy Castle, a member of Relais & Chateaux as well as Connoisseurs Scotland, was built in 1863 as a private home for Lord Abinger on a 500-acre spread in the foothills of Ben Nevis, Scotland's tallest mountain.

Today it boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, gracious rooms, a lake, and acres for couples to roam on a romantic stroll.

Bespoke weddings are a specialty here, often capped with a fireworks display over the lake. And should the couple wish the accompaniment of a bag piper, that too can be arranged.

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