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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Michael McRoberts (19 months ago)
Great experience, fabulous historic site. Our family really enjoyed soaking in the history.
Anne Miller (19 months ago)
Castle was closed but could walk around it. I have been before and enjoyed inside the castle and gardens
Joanne Rawlinson (2 years ago)
We couldn't go in as it was closed but we walked up to the home and it looks beautiful. We will have to come back to the lovely little town and castle
EnaWena (2 years ago)
Great family day out for a historic journey through Scotland’s kings and queens, I do not recommend for kids as there is a lot of reading. Fantastic views and amazing gardens. It is quite costly but I would say it’s worth it. Great walk up the hill to the lookout area, I suggest taking lots of water/food. Nice gift shop with scrumptious shortbread!
James Gemmell (2 years ago)
Lovely attraction to the town but shuts down from November to Easter. The town has great pubs,restaurants and shops
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