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West Coast 200
The Route

Inveraray

No.24 on the route

On the northern edge of Loch Fyne is the town of Inveraray, translated as the ‘mouth of the Aray’. The town has the popular tourist attraction of Inveraray Castle which was rebuilt in 1744 after the third Duke of Argyll demolished the existing structure and began again with a new building.

The castle is actually more of a mansion in its style and look. This is thanks to the Adam family architect who are renowned for their design work. The castle has been a welcome rest stop for royalty, with Queen Victoria visiting in 1874.

Inveraray

Today, visitors can enjoy the incredible gothic architecture of the castle. While the 13th Duke of Argyll and his family still live in Inveraray Castle, visitors are welcome to roam certain areas of the castle. The main attraction within the castle is its military collection with a collection of over 1,300 weapons including swords, pikes and muskets.

Castle visitors may recognise Inveraray Castle as ‘Duneagle Castle’ a fictional castle in the 2012 Christmas episode of Downton Abbey.

As well as the castle, tourists can also visit the Georgian Inveraray Jail, which is now a museum and the Argyll Folk Museum.

Inveraray has plenty of amenities for travellers, including hotels, restaurants and pubs.