On a dull and dreary day during my recent trip to the west coast of Scotland, I visited Inveraray Castle. As the name suggests, Inveraray Castle is located in the town of Inveraray on the shore of Loch Fyne. If there are any Downton Abbey fans reading this, you might recognise this as the fictional Duneagle Castle from the 2012 Christmas special.
It is an impressive looking mansion that is home to the Duke of Argyll. Once you have paid your entrance fee you are free to explore both inside and outside of the castle. There were many impressive rooms within the castle, such as the extravagant dining hall. My personal favourite though was the armoury hall. An array of weapons literally lined the walls. The armoury hall has a ceiling that is huge– 21 metres in height– and is the tallest ceiling in Scotland apparantly. Arranged in displays were pole-arms, axes, swords and muskets. Can you imagine living in times where these were actually used?!
The gardens cover 16 acres, two acres of which are formal lawns and flower beds– the rest being park and woodland. Be sure to stay away from the stone that is said to be cursed if you ever visit! I think you’ll agree that we aren’t needing any bad luck!!
It was an enjoyable trip and though we only stayed for around an hour or so, we managed to see all of the castle. Although there is free access to wheelchair users, the castle itself has very limited disabled access. To explore all of the castle you need to able to manage stairs, which is a shame.
After our visit, we had a pub lunch and then I had a much needed nap before spending most of the rest of the evening chilling in the hot tub at our lodge. I so need a hot tub in my life!!!