Inveraray Castle Tours
Complete with turrets and battlements, this Gothic Revival-style castle is revered for its storybook good looks. Inveraray Castle has been the seat of the Clan Campbell since the 15th century and has more recently served as a filming location for Downton Abbey. The castle houses collections of weapons and art, and is surrounded by manicured gardens.
You can purchase an admission ticket for the castle and gardens, or for the gardens only. Tours of the castle are self-guided, though guides stationed on each floor can answer questions. Inside, you’ll find tapestries, antique furnishings, china, silverware, and an impressive armory hall displaying more than 1,300 weapons, including muskets, axes, and dirks (a knife used by Scottish Highland soldiers).
Inveraray Castle is typically visited on tours from Glasgow, which usually stop at Oban, Glencoe, and Loch Lomond. Some excursions also cover castles in the Argyll and Bute region which include Kilchurn Castle and Castle Stalker. Multi-day tours of the Inner Hebrides (Skye, Islay, and Mull) and the Western Highlands also tend to stop at Inveraray Castle.
Things to Know Before You Go
There is a tea room, gift shop, and Wi-Fi at the site.
Wear sturdy shoes if you plan on walking the grounds.
Only the ground level of the castle is wheelchair-accessible. Paths leading to the castle and in the gardens are comprised of loose gravel and may be difficult for some travelers using wheelchairs to navigate.
How to Get There
The castle is situated on the banks of Loch Fyne, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) from Glasgow and 38 miles (61 kilometers) from Oban. Scottish Citylink run regular buses between Glasgow and Inveraray.
When to Get There
Inveraray Castle is open seasonally between April and October. Go in May to see carpets of bluebells alongside blooming rhododendrons and azaleas. July and August are the busiest months, with weekends attracting the biggest crowds. Come on a midweek morning for a quieter experience. Touring the castle takes approximately one hour.
The Inveraray Highland Games
In July, the castle hosts the Highland Games, an annual event that celebrates Scottish and Celtic culture. Listen to pipe bands playing traditional music, enjoy local Scottish food, and observe traditional track-and-field events such as t