A short distance from the quaint town
if Inveraray stands the imposing Castle home of the
Duke of Argyll. Enjoy a brief historic overview of the
small town and local area before heading to the castle.
In 1743 Archibald, Earl of Islay, succeeded to the title
of 3rd Duke of Argyll and he initiated one of the most
imaginative rebuilding projects ever undertaken in the
Highlands. The old 15th century fortified tower house
was replaced by the present Castle and the Royal Burgh
of Inveraray was re-established nearly half a mile to
The new Castle was designed by the London architect
Roger Morris and the supervising architect was William
Adam and later his son John. It is thought that the
design may have been inspired by Sir John Vanburgh who
was the architect for Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard.
Built of local greenish-blue schist stone, it is a most
impressive edifice complementing the grandeur of the
surrounding scenery. The magnificent interiors were
completed between 1770 and 1789 to the design of Robert
Mylne for the 5th Duke of Argyll.
View the magnificent displays of weaponry, tapestry
and art throughout this magnificent castle before returning
to the port and your ship.