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. 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.

2. 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. 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!

4. 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 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.

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