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Shiel Bridge, Glenshiel Lodge

Inn (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Shiel Bridge, Glenshiel Lodge

Classification Inn (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Inn At Invershiel; Ratachan Inn; Shiel Inn; Shielhouse Inn

Canmore ID 275620

Site Number NG91NW 16

NGR NG 93580 18678

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Glenshiel
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Skye And Lochalsh
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Recording Your Heritage Online

Shiel Lodge, marked on a map of c.1771 Former inn of the standard West Highland type 'Humanely and judicously erected by Mackenzie of Seaforth' (J. Bailey, 1787); later extensions. Variously referred to in travellers' accounts as Shiel Inn, Shielhouse Inn, Ratachan Inn and the Inn at Invershiel, it ceased to operate as such in 1907 and is now a rambling shooting lodge.

[James Hogg the Ettrick Shepherd, who stayed at 'the Inn of Invershiel or Shiel-house' in 1803, described it as 'a large slated house, but quite out of repair, and the accommodations are intolerably bad. The lower apartments are in utter confusion, and the family resides in the dining-room above. Consequently, they have only one room into which they thrust promiscuously every one that comes'. This was one of only two houses in parish where whisky was retailed and, contradicting the OSA's statement in 1793 that 'intemperance is not a prevalent vice in this place', Hogg was awaked during the night 'by a whole band of Highlanders, both male and female, who entered my room, and fell to drinking whisky with great freedom'.]

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2007. Published by the Rutland Press

Archaeology Notes

NG91NW 16 93580 18678

Glenshiel Lodge [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, July 2010.


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