Five historic attractions to visit in Inveraray

Inveraray is a bustling little town with an old-world charm and loads of things to see and do. It’s a classic example of an eighteenth-century planned town with a truly memorable setting. It’s also jam-packed with history. Here are five of the best historic attractions.

1. Inveraray Jail

Step back in time at Inveraray Jail, where actors portray life in a 19th-century prison. Watch courtroom trials, talk to the prisoners, meet the Warder, go to jail and witness cell life, sample the punishments, browse the exhibition of prison artefacts, then make your escape!

Looking for an immersive experience? Head to Inveraray Jail for their new 'Debtors of 1850' escape room! Housed within the original walls of what was once the debtor’s prison, you will step into the shoes of 19th-century inmates desperately trying to gather the money to pay off their debt. Will you be able to make good what you owe and be released before the gate is locked for the night? A fantastic attraction for the whole family!

2. Inveraray Bell Tower

The Inveraray Bell Tower dominates the town, and contains the second-heaviest ring of ten bells in the world. It’s well worth making the effort to climb the 176 steps to the top of the tower for the stunning views over Inveraray and Loch Fyne to the Arrochar Alps beyond.

3. Inveraray Castle

The iconic Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell, and is one of Scotland’s most magnificent buildings. The castle’s imposing size and impressive turrets are visible for miles around. Inside, view the lavish State Dining Room, the tapestries and the stunning Armoury Hall with its walls adorned with muskets, pole-arms and axes.

4. The Dun Na Cuaiche Woodland Walk

The Dun Na Cuaiche Woodland Walk is a circular 1.5 mile trail through Inveraray Castle estate to the summit of Dun na Cuaiche. The walk will also take you past an old Pinetum (collection of conifer trees) and ruined buildings that are the remains of a lime kiln.

5. Auchindrain Historic Township

Auchindrain is six miles south of Inveraray. It’s recognised as being the most complete surviving example of a Highland farm township, a type of settlement representative of much of Scottish rural history. Explore the site, see inside the houses and learn about the history of the place and the people that lived here.

Before you leave Inveraray, make sure to visit Ocho Inveraray juts outside town for a delicious meal. Staying the night? Treat yourself to a weekend at the George Hotel.