A McMahon Family Welcome Awaits you at the historic 1645 Inn

An ideal location from which to explore the magnificent scenery of the North and West Highlands, Moray, Speyside, the Cairngorms and Aberdeenshire.

History of the Inn

The 1645 Inn is a former mill, located near the site of the historic ‘Battle of Auldearn’ on 9th May 1645.The Marquis of Montrose, led his royalist army of 1500 men to victory against Major General Sir John Hurry and a force of 4000 covenanters.

The covenanters attempted a surprise dawn attack on Montrose but, Montrose had been forewarned and was ready.It was a close-run thing had the covenanters not accidentally attacked their own lines, which resulted in the Montrose royalist killing over 2000 of their enemy in the confusion.

The Boath Doocot – overlooks the battle site and the 1645 Inn, Auldearn.

Built atop a 12th century castle motte, there now stands a 17th century circular dookot, donated to the National Trust for Scotland in 1947 by Brigadier J. Muirhead of Boath.

The motte on which it stands was erected by William the Lion around 1180 and is known as the old Castle of Eren – from which the village takes its name Auldearn.

The Doocot is a 2 minute walk from the Inn and offers a fantastic panoramic view, well worth a visit.

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