History

The area is steeped in history and there are endless nooks and crannies waiting to be explored. For instance on 20 September 1746, following the failure of the 1745 Jacobite rising, Bonnie Prince Charlie left Scotland for France from Borrodale Beach, just below the house. The cave in which he took refuge on his last night in Scotland can be found within a stones throw of the house.

It was just over 100 years later in 1863 that F D P Astley, an enlightened and wealthy Industrialists from the Midlands, commissioned Philip Webb, the “Father of the Arts and Crafts movement,” to build a Shooting Lodge amid this spectacular West Highland scenery and to include terraced gardens. During the Second World War Arisaig House became the headquarters to the Special Operations Executive who took over the area to run paramilitary training to prepare agents for missions in Occupied Europe. Plans of how the house was used are still in Arisaig House.