Inverary was built in the late 1800s by Cape Breton native, “Millionaire” MacNeil as a residence to show off the fortune he made in Boston. His impressive 11-acre estate, bordering on the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes, looks across the water to his childhood home of Washabuck. A large, three-storey house, barn and wagon house were beautifully constructed with materials imported from Boston and the estate was truly the showplace of the small village.
Inverary’s hospitality story begins with brothers Chad and Jamie Fownes following World War II. Together with their mother, the brothers bought MacNeil’s estate and founded “Inverary Inn” at the conclusion of their service with the Canadian Forces. The Inn was founded with fond remembrance of their Scottish heritage, and named after Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll and head of Clan Campbell. Many Scottish visitors have felt a deep kinship with their homeland while staying at Inverary.