Cluanie Inn in the 1950s

The Inns History

The Cluanie Inn has been serving the traveller for over a hundred years.

Lying between Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye the Inn has seen history in the making during the turbulent years of the Jacobite risings.

To the West of the Inn at the "Bridge of the Spaniards" in Glen Shiel, in 1719 a bloody battle was fought between troops of German King George and the Jacobites supported by Spanish troops who landed at Eilean Donan Castle.

After the Battle of Culloden, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, upon his escape from Skye, took refuge in a cave above Cluanie, in spite of a £30,000 reward (£2 million today) and, protected by the "seven men of Glenmoriston", rested safely for some days.

Later 68 men of Glenmoriston, who had fought at Culloden, surrendered at Inverness Castle, believing there was an amnesty, but were arrested and deported to the Caribbean.

Only one man is believed to have returned.

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