A Guide to Inveraray

Established in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, head of the Clan Campbell, Inveraray is the traditional county town of Argyll with stunning Georgian architecture which overlooks the water of Loch Fyne. Take a stroll through the quaint town and discover a nicely presented selection of independent shops, cafes, accommodation and local attractions. Much of the town, including the church, was designed and built by the Edinburgh-born architect Robert Mylne between 1772 and 1800, making Inveraray packed full of history, with lots of stories to be told by the locals.

The enchanted Inveraray Castle, the home of Clan Campbell and the current Duke of Argyll, is one of Inveraray's main attractions and was once the setting for a Downtown Abbey Christmas special. The castle displays its impressive collection of armoury, weapons and well-maintained gardens. The historic Inveraray Jail is a unique award-winning living museum, where costumed guides tell stories of former inmates and visitors can get actively involved in the experience by trying out some of the punishment methods used (All props of course!) or experience the excitement of a trail in the courtroom.




Dun na Cuaiche watchtower sits above Loch Fyne and is known as the stone guardian of Inveraray. The viewpoint dates back to the 18th Century and provides staggering views of Loch Fyne, the town and the castle. It is well worth the climb to capture a stunning snapshot of the views it provides across Inveraray.

A trip to Inveraray isn't complete without visiting Ardkinglas Estate and gardens, which is home to the well-known Grafflo Trail- perfect for families and for an educational visit to Auchindrain, a farming township, just a few miles south of the town, that has been carefully preserved to showcase true highland history and heritage. Don't forget to stop for a bite to eat at the legendary Loch Fyne Oyster Bar where only the freshest & tastiest oysters are sold.

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