Located near the beautiful Loch Fyne, the Inveraray Castle Scotland has a green fairy-tale look and a stunning garden where you can stroll at leisure. It is one of the most photogenic Scottish Castles. Explore it with video and photos:
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Inveraray Castle Scotland - Video
Let's start with a short video of my visit to the Inveraray Castle Scotland. After the video you can read the practical tips to plan your visit and discover the castle in pictures.
INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Inveraray Castle Scotland
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Inveraray Castle from the Bridge
From the town of Inveraray you can see this bridge below. It is a one lane bridge with no place to park around. It is a 10min walk from the town on the side of the road to get to it and get beautiful views of the Inveraray Castle with the River Aray.
And when you turn around you see the small town of Inveraray. Great clouds that day!
Inveraray Castle History
Let's discover a few facts about the Inveraray Castle History to imagine it in context:
- It has been the seat of the Dukes of Argyll since the 18th century
- Castle of the Clan Campbell
- It started being built in 1743, replacing an another castle (you can learn more about the Inverary Castle history here)
- The original style is Gothic Revival (bringing back Gothic features when neoclassic was in fashion)
- It was badly damaged during a fire in 1975
- The collection include more than 1300 weapons (swords, muskets, pikes...)
- The Duke still lives in the Castle with his family
- The Inveraray castle was featured in one of the season finales of the famous TV show Downton Abbey
Entrance to Inveraray Castle Scotland
There is a large parking near the castle. You pay at the booth in the parking.
The visit start by entering the castle and exploring the interior before getting to the gardens.
As you walk by the exit gate you can see the lovely terrace of the café:
Interior of Inveraray Castle Scotland
The visit of the Castle includes many rooms including Dining, bedrooms and Clan Campbell history room.
However, the Inveraray Castle Scotland is mostly famous for its weapon room. Swords, muskets and pikes are displayed all around creating geometric patterns.
From the upper level of the castle you can see the garden, the parking behind and the mountains of the highlands in the back
They have set up sheets with explanation in different languages in most rooms
This location, along with many other beautiful places, is included in my eBook: The Road Trip Guide - Scotland.
It is a practical tool to plan your trip with maps, photos, planning tips, GPS coordinates...
Inveraray Castle Gardens
However the best part of the visit is to explore the garden and the park and admire the castle from the outside. The stones are really green.
Luckily I visited in Spring and the garden was really beautiful
Definitively one of my favorite Scottish Castles!
Woodland Walk at Inveraray Castle Scotland
One of my favorite par was to go on the woodlank walk in the park. Most visitors only stay in the Garden. I was alone on that walk and it was great!
You get further away from the garden, under a forested area with old trees and a peaceful atmosphere.
You get close to the bridge about which we talked earlier in this article.
And you rediscover the Inveraray Castle Scotland form the distance
Hike for views of Inveraray Castle
It is possible to get a view of the Inveraray Caste from above. For that you have to complete the 3 mile return hike of Dun Na Cuaiche. It goes to the tower at the top of the hill that you can see in the photo below. It takes 1h30 to 2h30 depending on how good you are at climbing steep sections... Find the hike directions here.
I did not complete the hike as I did not have enough time, but you can see a photo by Andrey embedded here.
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Very scenic, don't you think?
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