Inveraray Castle is a country house which has been the seat of the Duke of Argyll, chief of Clan Campbell, since the 17th century. Work on the castle began in the 1750s, in Gothic revival style. Later additions included a third floor with dormer windows and steep conical roofs. The village of Inveraray was moved in the 1770s to give the castle a more secluded setting.

Designers who worked on the house include William Adam and Roger Morris; the interior includes a number of neoclassical rooms created for the 5th Duke by Robert Mylne. These are among the rooms open to the public.

In 1975, a devastating fire struck Inveraray and for some time the 12th Duke and his family lived in the castle's basement, while restorations requiring a worldwide fund raising drive were carried out. Today the castle is open to visitors. Its collection includes more than 1,300 pikes, muskets, swords and other weapons.

The 13th Duke and his family live in private apartments occupying two floors and set between two of the castle's crenellated circular towers. Recent renovations included the installation of the house's first central heating.



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Founded: 1750s
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Stefan van der Hijden (5 months ago)
This is a very beautiful castle! The most impressive room was the arms room! The rooms in the rest of the castle are also very beautifully decorated! Parking comes included with the ticket price so that’s a plus. Recommended when you are passing through!
Nathasha Wijesinghe (6 months ago)
Book early if you can. You can buy tickets from the entrance as well. Still the half of castle is private because the family still live there. Nice functioning castle to watch. In the kitchen there are try out cloths you can take pictures with.
Ann Kopel (6 months ago)
Of course it was gorgeous, very interesting, knowledgeable guides, but most importantly, it is still being used. The family has done a wonderful job of opening their home while keeping their privacy. I didn't post some of the more spectacular pictures because you really have to see it for yourself!
Honest Trip Reviews ltd. (6 months ago)
Fantastic experience from the start. We will honestly recommend this castle to any visitors in the area. The house and gardens are amazingly interesting and offer a great experience. A really nice touch that the guide books were priced at only £6 and helped enhance the visit and were even signed by the Duke himself. Would have been a 5 star if your gift shop and cafe experience were better.
Walter Patterson (7 months ago)
Stunning gardens that are well worth the entry entrance fee. They also offer lovely views of the castle itself. The woodland walks are a must if you enjoy the peace of the natural environment. A fine afternoon well spent in such surroundings
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