Welcome to Inveraray in Argyll, West of Scotland!
Tell me a little about a Tour of Inveraray
Inveraray is a fascinating 18th century planned village built by the third Duke of Argyll. Sitting on the edge of Loch Fyne Inveraray offers a superb base for touring the West of Scotland and some the islands.
Tell me more about a Tour of Inveraray
Catswhiskerstours works with guests to design and deliver customised tours. The summary information below is provided to assist guests determine priorities and focus.
Local attractions include:
- Inveraray Jail, a restored prison and courthouse located in the centre of the village and now a tourist attraction.
- Inveraray Maritime Museum, this comprises the Artic Penguin, one of the world’s last iron sailing ships which is moored on the loch-side and is also a visitor attraction.
- All Saints Church, famous for its Bell Tower and second heaviest set of church bells in the world.
- Inveraray Castle: This was erected 1745-85 and is home to the Duke of Argyll’s family, the senior branch of Clan Campbell. Open to visitors to view a wide range of tapestries, furniture, art works and a genealogical display.
- Kilmartin Glen: An ancient, prehistoric landscape which may have been occupied for 10,000 years. Features stone circles and standing stones dating back to 3500BC together with ancient rock carvings/art at Auchnabreck.
- Dunadd Hill Fort: Standing high on a rocky outcrop this was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Dalriada around 500AD (before Scotland was unified). Superb views from the top.
- Auchindrain Township: A reconstruction of an original West Highland village with thatched cottages, barn and a blacksmith.
- Crarae Gardens: Rare trees and exotic shrubs from around the world thrive in the mild climate. The gardens include over 400 rhododenrons and azaleas.
- Ardkinglas Woodland Garden: a 25 acre site which exploits the combination of high annual rainfall and Gulf Stream mildness to provide a unique growing environment. Home to a fine collection of rhododendrons and conifers.
- Loch Fyne Oyster Bar: A combined restaurant, shop and smokehouse which attracts customers from far a field to enjoy the famous oysters and other “Fyne” foods including smoked kippers. Booking ahead is recommended.
- Kintyre Peninsula: Somewhat off the normal “tourist trail” and worth a visit because of it. Generally, a quiet area but still able to offer great scenery, wildlife, history, golf and whisky. This area experienced heavy migration (to North America and Australasia) in the 18th and 19th centuries and hence is of interest to persons tracing their ancestors. Inveraray is well positioned as base for touring Kintyre and Campbeltown.
- Knapdale: A forested area which stretches coast to coast across the peninsula. Many walking trails and hills dotted with tiny lochs.
- Oban: A very busy town to the north with attractions which include Dunstaffnage Castle and the Falls of Lora. Oban is also a port and through regular ferry services offers a gateway to such Western Isles as South Uist, Barra, Mull, Iona, Coll, Colonsay and Tiree.
How can Catswhiskerstours help with a Tour of Inveraray?
We can provide:
- Customised tours for groups.
- A self-drive (driving) tour via package comprising rental car, lodgings and itinerary.
For more information and help contact Nigel-
T 44 (0) 141 638 5500
We look forward to hearing from you !
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