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Inveraray Castle

Overview

Inveraray Castle is a must when traveling this way. Residence of the Dukes of Argyll since 1789, and the 13th Duke still uses the castle as a family residence. Some areas of the castle gardens are not accessible as they are retained as private property for the family.

There are 13 rooms to visit, all impressive, from the bewildering array of weapons in the Armoury Hall and grand State Dining Room, to the haunted Blue Room and the recreated kitchen in the basement. The Armoury Hall will certainly leave an impression on you and whilst in this room you should look for the sword of Rob Roy. The ruined remains of Rob Roy's house are about 5 miles away in Glen Shira.

Inveraray castle is said to be haunted by a Harper who is more often heard than seen, but when the ghost is seen he is said to be wearing the tartan of Clan Campbell and his appearances are never frightening experiences. There seems to be a correlation between the visitations of this ghost and the deaths of the Dukes of Argyll.

A more recent claim to fame for Inverary Castle is its appearances as a filming location for the TV series "Downton Abbey". We have to admit that we've never watched this TV show so can't tell you where it appears in the filming.

Inveraray castle is more of a stately home than a castle, but well worth a visit as it is still the family home of the Dukes of Argyll and it gives you an impression of the vast difference in the lifestyles of the aristocracy and the ordinary Scots.

Address:

Argyll Estates, Inveraray PA32 8XE

Operated by:

Argyll Estates

Opening Hours:

April to October: Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:45 Last admission 17:00

Admission:

Adult £ 12.50, Senior £ 11, Child £ 8, Family £ 35, Under 5's Free

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

Information sheets in English, Italian, French and German

Accessibility:

Yes to ground floor and lift to upper floor

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

Yes

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