Inverlochy Castle is a mile north of Fort William and was built in the 1200s by the Comyn of Badenoch. In the 15th century the Camerons deserted Alexander, the Lord of the Isles, to join King James I’s royal banner. At the Battle of Inverlochy in 1431, the Camerons were defeated and had to flee to the mountains to avoid the revenge of the Lord of the Isles.
Travel west to Glenfinnan on the north shore of Loch Sheil, a famous place in Scotland’s history. Against the advice of many, including the Cameron Chief, Locheil, Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard here in 1745. Despite his concerns, Locheil committed himself and 850 doomed clansmen to the Jacobite cause. The Glenfinnan Monument was built in memory of the clansmen who fought for the prince.
Double back, unless you want to travel to the coast for a view of the Western Isles. If time allows, leave your car at Benavie and walk along the canal, passing Neptune’s Staircase, a series of eight locks built in 1822. At Torcastle Farm you will find the ruins of Tor Castle, which was occupied by the Camerons from 1528 to 1650 and was much fought over between the Camerons and the Macintoshes.
Travel a few miles north to Achnacarry, passing through Gairlochy. This is the site of the Pass of Killicrankie, where the heroic and chivalrous chief Sir Ewan Cameron was victorious against General Mackay in 1689. Today, Achnacarry Castle is the seat of the chiefs of Clan Cameron and offers self-catering accommodation.
The nearby Clan Cameron Museum traces the history of the clan since the 14th century. It also has exhibits from the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders Regiment, originally raised by Cameron of Erracht in 1793, and tells the story of the time the castle was used as a commando training centre. At nearby Spean Bridge stands an impressive sculpture, a memorial to their courage, dedication and sacrifice.