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Inveraray Castle Scotland, in the county of Argyll, You cross a small stone bridge and to the right, you are greeted by a herd of “Heiland coos” this is is a country house near Inveraray on the shore of Loch Fyne, Scotland’s longest sea loch, Stunning inside and out, the Castle is one of the earliest examples of Gothic Revival architecture, the seat of the Duke of Argyll, chieftain of the Clan Campbell, if you are a fan of Downton Abbey you can imagine the family celebrating Christmas.
The castle suffered a fire in 1877, and was then restored with the addition of a third floor and the conical roofs on the corner towers.
The walk up to the castle is pretty, but long, the area in front of the castle and the path along the garden is all loose pebbles and stones.
There is a 'wilderness walk' in the gardens, there are 2 acres of formal gardens, including landscaped parkland.
The inside of the castle was beautifully decorated with artefacts and treasures from its rich history, totally different from a castle ruin and more like a decorated museum.
The tour is self guided and the furniture and memorabilia was beautiful, each space had information cards in multiple languages and lots to see with lots of local art and quality items amazing portraits and paintings, particular interest are the old relics from Robert the Bruce's, The Armoury was astonishing with antique weapons, old swords and the kitchens and other rooms with the daily living items are very interesting.
The castle itself is, you have to remember a family home to the Duke of Argyll, so not all of the areas are accessible to the public.
The shops contained some very high quality items, a must after you leisurely tour the castle is the tea rooms
Free audio tours when purchasing tickets!
Step through the doors and step back in time to a 19th-century prison and courthouse, in use as a prison from 1820 to 1889, the building is now a living museum.
It is a category A listed building, experience what life was like for men, women and children, some as young as seven who were tried and locked up here.
Explore the atmospheric historic buildings and meet the costumed characters who animate the past in this unique living museum, very authentic, everyone was just so helpful. Included court house, old and new jails and exhibits as well as life stories of the people who passed through the jail, the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, the Guard in the first prison after coming out if the court house is fantastic! he tells the stories of the jail and when visiting the cells he marches up and down the corridor which adds to the atmosphere,walking through the corridors the cells are quite spooky with a female prisoner singing to her baby and an insane prisoner wailing and screaming.