A Downton Abbey Castle… Inverarary Castle
Since I’ve recently been thinking about all things Downton Abbey, I’m sharing with you about my trip to Inverarary Castle in the Scottish Highlands.
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This castle was featured in the Christmas Special from Season 3.
|The fellas on the show at the fictional “Duneagle” castle.|
Here are some of my pictures from June 2012. I had no idea the show had just filmed there a few weeks prior. Needless to say, I was very surprised to see it on TV!
Inverarary Castle is located in Scotland near the town of Inverarary in the county of Argyll. It sits on Loch Fyne, the longest sea loch of Scotland.
|Inverarary Castle location is the red dot.|
What’s that I see down there?
|driving up to the castle, looking across Loch Fyne|
The town of Inverarary is small and quaint. There is a woolen mill, a church, a jail, and a little hotel. We ate lunch in the hotel.
|image from here|
Pictures of Inveraray
|clockwise upper left, the town next door, a sign to the castle, the Duke’s black sheep, a view of the Castle’s backyard, and a soldier statue that a seagull was sitting on.|
Approaching the castle… It started construction in 1746. The castle was completed 43 years later. In 1877 there as a fire. It resulted in a third floor addition and conical roofs on the corner towers.
The Duke of Argyll, who is the seat of the Clan Campbell, and his family currently reside here today. The 9th Duke of Argyll married a daughter of Queen Victoria, HRH Princess Louise.
|I waited a long time to get this shot with no one in it!|
The photos below are from the official Inverarary Castle website. There were no photos allowed inside.
One of the things I liked about this castle was how they displayed their weapons here in the Armoury Hall. All 4 sides of the wall are covered in arms.
The dining room. If you look closely you’ll notice a ship made of gold. The chandelier is Waterford. The paintings were done by the same painter who painted for the Prince of Wales.
A bedroom with the family’s tartan I believe. Love this bed! However, this bed apparently is ghostly. A young Irish harpist was murdered in the 1600s. The bed was moved from that castle to this one. The boy’s ghost was so attached to his pretty bed that he travelled with it. When a member of the family is about to die, it is said harp music is heard coming from the room.
The beautiful drawing room! It is decorated with Parisian tapestries from the 1780s.
The estate sits on 60,000 acres. As you can imagine, just like Downton Abbey, running one of these estates is costly. The Duke of Argyll has had to market his estate. We actually met the Duke of Argyll in the basement bookstore where he was signing books. You can even rent the castle out for weddings!
A helicopter view of the property. It is a very pretty place to visit in Scotland!
For more information, visit here.
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