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Inveraray Castle

Home to Clan Campbell's chief and a substantial baronial pile built in 1743 on the site of previous castle. Open to visitors and includes lovely gardens.


The history of the clan is tumultous to say the least with the chiefs following one side or the other with sometimes disastrous consequences. Today, the clan is perhaps the most organised of all Scottish clans owing to the continued existence of the castle and the unbroken line of Dukes.

The house is an imposing structure and well worth a visit. Outside there are extensive gardens which are well kept and very interesting in their own right. This is not a romantic castle but a statement of Campbell power after they chose, perhaps fortuitously to follow the Hanoverians and not the Stuarts during the great rebellions of 15 and 45. Their influence was set as the other highland clans lost theirs.

We do have a few tours that visit Inveraray Castle and the model town that surrounds it.  See out tours section.

Opening Times

1st April - 31st October
Open Monday to Sunday
1000hrs - 1745hrs (Last admission 1700hrs)

Contact Phone Number

+441499302203
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Related Clans

Campbell

Travel Directions to Inveraray Castle

Travel Directions

By Car

From the South, exit the M74 at junction 4 and follow signs for Glasgow City centre (M8). Travel up the M8 taking junction 30 for the Erskine Bridge, and join the A82 to Dumbarton and Loch Lomond. At Tarbet, near the head of picturesque Loch Lomond, bear left onto the A83 signposted for Inveraray.

By Bus

Scottish Citylink provide a regular bus service to Inveraray from Glasgow City Centre: Travel time is approximately 1hr 40 minutes.

Travel Distances

Dalmally Railway Station: Approx 15 miles
Oban: 40 miles
Glasgow Airport: Approx 55 miles
Prestwick Airport: Approx 86 miles
Edinburgh: Approx 110 miles

Inveraray, Argyll, West Highlands & Islands, Scotland

Visitor Attractions

  • Inveraray Jail

    Restored Georgian jail and courthouse that is ideal for kids! Tons to see and het involved in. Interactive without any digital rubbish. Highly recommended.

  • Inveraray Maritime Museum

    Small maritime museum on the Pier with a couple of interesting vessels to wander around: the Arctic Penguin, and the old victualling ship, the Puffer. Grand excursion for the kids and anybody with a little interest in maritime history.

  • Argyll Adventure Inveraray

    Adventure centre south of Inveraray offering a tons of outdoor activities for age 4 and up. Kids can play paintball or laser tag from 6 and from 10 years. 

  • Crarae Gardens

    Lovely garden beside Loch Fyne set in dramatic glen setting. Best times May and autumn but worth visiting any time. 

  • Auchindrain Township

    Auchindrain is the remains of the only "joint-tenancy" farm village that survived from the 16th century until 1967 including surviving the Clearances of the early 19th century. Very insightful and interesting.

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