St Catherines STC1-001 STC1-002 STC1-003 STC1-005 STC1-006 STC2-001It’s been said that since 1460, there’s been a hostelry on the site of the present building. According to CANMORE during the 15th century a chapel was founded by Duncan Campbell of Loch Awe and next to the Chapel was a holy well. Pilgrims and travellers would have shelter and accommodation provided by the nearby hostelry. The chapel seems to have been abandoned during the early 17th Century and fell into disrepair and ruin. The inn was rebuilt in 1756 as a coaching inn which would benefit from the general improvement of communications throughout Scotland during the 18th century. There are remains of an 82m pier, to the NW of the hotel, built to a Thomas Telford design in 1812-1820 (RCAHMS). Travellers could cross Loch Fyne by ferry from Inveraray to St Catherines then continue on their journey to places like Kilmun, Lochgoilhead, Cairndow and Glencroe. In 1756 a quarry opened to the south of the inn and stone quarried at St Catherines was used at Inveraray Castle. Up to fifty quarry men were employed and the Hotel would have been at the centre of all this activity. The quarry was occasionally worked in the 19th century but there were no new workings after 1849 (RCAHMS) STC1-007 STC1-004 STC2-002 Owners of St Catherines HotelDuke of Argyll 1947 – 1973 Duncan Munro 1973 – 1983/4 Marlborough 1983/4 – 1985/6 Willie Allan 1985/6 – 1989/90 Robert Somerville 1991-2002/3 Janet and John Rodger, Noel and Sheena Dowse Managers/Hotel Keepers 1861 Census John Campbell Innkeeper 1871 Census James MacDonald Innkeeper 1881 Census Donald Sutherland 1891 Census Donald Sutherland 1900 Census John McIntyre 1907 – 1911 Allan MacDonald Around 1928/35 Jim MacDonald 1973 Louis and May Lawrie Irene, George and Ness Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.