dava moor

Lochindorb Castle.

Lochindorb comes from the Gaelic meaning ‘Loch of Trouble’ and the castle has certainly had its fair share of dispute. Dating back to the 13th century, it was originally held as were the lands of Badenoch by the Comyns, but later occupied by the English. It was visited by Edward I in 1303 when he stayed here for 9 days, hunting out on the moor. Later it was used as a prison and also a garrison for English troops. At the end of the 14th century, it was gifted by Robert II to his third son, the notorious Wolf of Badenoch, Alexander Stewart, who rampaged around the local area, bringing the independent Bishop of Moray into line with murder and pillage. The abbeys in Moray were put to the flame by his men as was Elgin Cathedral. Lochindorb was said to be his favourite hiding place.
When the Scottish Privy Council instructed the Thane of Cawdor to dismantle Lochindorb after it had been forfeited by the Earl of Moray in around 1455, the huge iron yett was transported to Cawdor Castle and can now be seen in the basement of the building.
Although now in ruins, the castle was still in fairly good condition up until the end of the 18th century when its four 7-metre high round towers were intact. The main quadrangular courtyard is 48 x 38 metres in dimensions and is enclosed by a 2-metre thick wall which stands 6 metres high. A later extension to the South was made probably to give the island extra protection from assault. The island was bought by the Cawdor Campbells in the 1970s.