Lochindorb

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Lochindorb
LochindorbCastle.JPG
Lochindorb Castle can only be reached by boat
Location Strathspey, Scotland
Coordinates 57°24′27″N 3°42′23″W / 57.40750°N 3.70639°W / 57.40750; -3.70639Coordinates: 57°24′27″N 3°42′23″W / 57.40750°N 3.70639°W / 57.40750; -3.70639
Type loch
Basin countries United Kingdom
Islands Lochindorb Castle

Lochindorb (from the Scottish Gaelic: Loch nan Doirb meaning "loch of the minnows")[1] is a freshwater loch north of Grantown on Spey in the Highland council area of Scotland. This loch is home to the ruins of Lochindorb Castle, a former stronghold of the Clan Comyn and is built on what now is said to be an artificially created island. It is also a popular spot with fishers and birdwatchers, the latter of whom come to see the local black-throated divers and greylag geese. At the southeast edge of the loch there is a small patch of coniferous forest and hidden by this Lochindorb Lodge.

Castle[edit]

The castle is first recorded during the Wars of Independence when Sir John ('the Black') Comyn died there in 1300. By 1455 the castle was in the hands of Archibald Douglas, Earl of Moray, The next year, after Douglas's defeat and death at Arkinholm, Lochindorb was again forfeited to the Crown and this time ordered to be slighted, the work of dismantling its defences being entrusted to the Thane of Cawdor. Since then, it has been left as a ruin.

The "Wolf's Lair": Lochindorb Castle at Lochindorb in Badenoch, stronghold of Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan.

Wildlife[edit]

Lochindorb is home to an array of wildlife and is a popular fishing and birdwatching spot.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Iain Mac an Tàilleir. "Placenames" (PDF). Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 23 July 2010.