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The River Spean at Torcastle

The River Spean at Torcastle

Torcastle At Muirshearlich Near Banco's Walk

The ancient ruins of Torcastle at Muirshearlich near Banco's Walk sits overlooking a strategic point on the River Spean.

Little is left of this once fine stronghold overlooking the River Lochy about 4 miles from Fort William. The little that is left is much overgrown, though the grandeur of the site remains above the Cat Pool ( Buinne a’Chait), where the King of the Cats was once roasted on a spit! They are accessed through a tunnel, built by Telford, under the Caledonian Canal at Shenghan. Put your lights on as drive under the canal – or walk in your welly boots! There have been several Castles here for the best part of a thousand years with MacPhersons, MacKintosh’s and Camerons all holding sway over the centuries. It was probably last rebuilt about 1530 by the Camerons who in the next century moved to Achnacarry where the seat of Clan Cameron, Achnacarry Castle remains today.

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