10 facts that mean Inveraray might be the best castle in the Highlands!

The iconic Inveraray Castle with its imposing façade and impressive turrets is visible for miles around Inveraray. The ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell, it’s one of Scotland’s most magnificent stately homes. In fact, we reckon it might top the table as the best castle in the Highlands. Here are ten facts to convince you.

1. The Armoury Hall soars to 21 metres in height, the highest ceiling in Scotland, and houses a breathtaking display of arms. Check out the dirk and sporran belonging to Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734).
2. A visit to Inveraray Castle gives an incredible insight into the history of the Campbells, once the most powerful clan in the Highlands.
3. There’s amazing art everywhere, from the displays of Campbell family portraits through history to the lavishly painted interiors. You’ll see work by Thomas Gainsborough, John Hoppner and French artists Girard and Guinard, whose only work survives at Inveraray.
4. In the Salon, look out for the grand piano where the songwriters Lerner and Loewe composed songs for their musical My Fair Lady while staying at the castle.
5. Every Highland castle should be haunted! Inveraray Castle has some great ghosts, including the 'grey lady', only seen by daughters of a Duke of Argyll, a floating boat or ‘Galley of Lorne' which floats away on the horizon on the death of the Duke and a raucous kitchen maid. And listen out for the harp music coming from the MacArthur Room.
6. There’s a fabulous concealed door that takes you to the China Turret where you’ll be astounded by a dazzling display of Oriental and European porcelain.
7. The glorious Tapestry Drawing Room still retains the original set of Beauvais tapestries in the setting specifically designed for it.
8. A Highland castle needs a good tearoom, and the Castle Tearoom is a cracker. Run personally by the Duchess of Argyll, it serves up a mouth-watering menu using the best of Argyll ingredients.
9. The castle’s beautifully maintained garden and estate offers wonderful walking with stunning Highland views. Look out for the daffodils around Easter, carpets of bluebells in May and the vibrant reds, pinks and whites of rhododendrons throughout the summer.
10. Inveraray Castle hosts events throughout the year, including Inveraray Highland Games and Best of the West Festival. How’s that for a spectacular party setting?

Inveraray Castle is open everyday from the end of March to the end of October. Why not spend a few days in the area? The historic and natural attractions of Kilmartin, Crinan and Knapdale are a short drive away. Oban, meanwhile, is just 38 miles to the north.

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