Inveraray Castle

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Inveraray Castle
Inveraray, Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom
Inveraray Castle from above.jpg
Inveraray Castle in 2006
Inveraray Castle is located in Scotland
Inveraray Castle
Inveraray Castle
Coordinates grid reference NN095092
Site information
Open to
the public
Site history
Materials Stone

Inveraray Castle (Gaelic Caisteal Inbhir Aora, pronounced [ˈkʰaʃtʲal iɲɪɾʲˈɯːɾə]) is a country house near Inveraray in the county of Argyll, in western Scotland, on the shore of Loch Fyne, Scotland’s longest sea loch.[1] It has been the seat of the Duke of Argyll, chief of Clan Campbell since the 17th century.

The house is a mostly mid-18th-century neo-Gothic design. Designers who worked on the house include William Adam and Roger Morris; the interior includes a number of neoclassical rooms created for the 5th Duke by Robert Mylne.[1] These are among the rooms open to the public. The 13th Duke and his family live in private apartments occupying two floors and set between two of the castle's crenellated circular towers. Recent renovations included the installation of the house's first central heating.[1]

Inveraray Castle, 2010
Picture of Inveraray Castle, 1880

In 1975, a devastating fire struck Inveraray and for some time the 12th Duke and his family lived in the castle's basement, while restorations requiring a worldwide fund raising drive were carried out.[2]

Inveraray Castle is a Category A listed building. It is surrounded by a 16-acre (6.5 ha) garden and estate of 60,000 acres (24,000 ha).[1]

In 2012, the Christmas episode of Downton Abbey was partly filmed here; the castle stood in for the fictional "Duneagle Castle."[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Matthew Dennison (July 14, 2011). "Inveraray Castle: home to the Duke of Argyll". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Duke of Argyll". The Daily Telegraph. April 23, 2001. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ Eagar, Charlotte (December 8, 2012). "McDownton!". Daily Mail. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 

External links[edit]