Places to Visit in Scotland
- Inveraray Castle, Argyll
There was an original castle built on this site by the Campbell Earls of Argyll in the 15th century. James V> visited it in 1533 and Mary Queen of Scots> in 1562. But that castle was set on fire by the Marquis of Montrose> in 1644 during the Civil War.
The 3rd Duke of Argyll built the present castle (and much of the town of Inveraray>) in the 1740s. It is more of a mansion than a castle. It was considered to be "inferior" to its predecessor - and the conical "pepper pots" were added to provide more of a "castle" look.
Although the castle is still the home of the Duke of Argyll>, many of the rooms in the castle, with their French neo-classical decor, are open to the public. The main hall soars to the full height of the house and is decorated with a superb collection of weapons. There are collections of tapestries, paintings and items of special interest to members of Clan Campbell. Rob Roy McGregor's> sporran and dirk handle are on view.
The Argyll and the Isles Tourist Board > covers Oban and Lorne> and on other Web sites you can find out more at Argyll on Line> and Oban and North Argyll>. The site covering the Mull of Kintyre> describes the area as "the nearest place to nowhere and the furthest from anywhere."
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