Inveraray Castle

Inveraray Castle, Argyl

~ History ~

1457 ~ Colin Campbell builds himself a Tower House on the west bank of the River Aray to mark his elevation to the Earldom of Argyll.

1553 ~ King James V stays at the castle.

1563 ~ Mary Queen of Scots makes a brief visit to the castle.

1592 ~ Archibald Campbell remodels the castle.

1640's ~ Montrose and Alasdair MacDonald attack the nearby township but fail to take the castle.

1684 ~ The castle is forfeited due to Campbell rebellion against the Scottisg Crown, granted to the Marquis of Atholl, who uses it as a munitions store.

1693 ~ The castle is recorded as being ruinous.

1715 ~ John Campbell, commander-in-chief of British forces in Spain and governor of Minorca, leads the Hanoverian government forces at the Battle of Sheriffmuir, defeating the Jacobites under the Earl of Mar. For this he is created Duke of Greenwich.

1740's ~ Cracks start to appear in the castle walls due to land-slip towards the river.

1774 ~ The castle is demolished.

1789 ~ Building of the new castle is completed.

1877 ~ A major fire destroys much of the castle, resulting in major repairs being undertaken.


Inveraray, Loch Fyne


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Inveraray Castle has stood by the shores of Loch Fyne, near the mouth of the River Aray, since the 15th Century when the Campbell clan moved from their previous residence at Innis Chonnel Castle on Loch Awe.

The modern Neo-Gothic look of Inveraray castle owes much more to the designs of John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll and his architect Sir John Vanbrugh, than to the needs of a medieval stronghold,

A beautiful castle set in stunning manicured grounds.