Inveraray Castle, Argyll, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Inveraray Castle, a popular visitor attraction in the West of Scotland. The Castle is located close to the planned village of Inveraray on the northern bank of Loch Fyne, about 65 miles (104 km) N.W. of Glasgow.

The current castle replaced an earlier, medieval castle. The design had its genesis in a sketch by the great 18th century architect, Sir John Vanburgh in 1720 for the 2nd Duke of Argyll. The final building was the work of no less than four architects working in pairs: Roger Morris and William Adam, and John and Robert Adam (sons of William). Construction lasted from 1746 to 1789. The architecture displays influences from Baroque, Palladian and Gothic styles. During its life Inveraray Castle has experienced two major fires, one in 1877 and the second in 1975.

The castle is the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan Campbell who probably arrived in Argyll in the 13th century. From medieval times onwards the fortunes of the family headed variously by the Earls of Argyll, Marquesses of Argyll and Dukes of Argyll waxed and waned with the political machinations and events of the times but the family managed to maintain its status as a leading and influential aristocratic force with strong links to the Scottish and British political establishments. Today the Clan Chief is Torquhil, the 13th Duke of Argyll ( born 1968). Clan Campbell comprises Campbell of Argyll, Campbell of Breadalbane and Campbell of Cawdor, each of which has its own distinct tartan.

Much of the castle is open to visitors with a range of rooms including State Dining Room, Tapestry Drawing Room, Armoury Hall and Clan room. A tour of the interior lasts about 45 minutes. Outside can be found well maintained and colourful gardens. There are refreshment facilities and a gift shop.

Main entrance door at Inveraray Castle, Argyll, Scotland

Main entrance at Inveraray Castle, Argyll, Scotland

Castle and garden at Inveraray, Scotland

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