Inveraray Castle is the home of the Dukes of Argyll and headquarters of Clan Campbell since the 15th century.
|Inverary Castle - the Aray Bridge|
The present castle, greatly admired by Sir Walter Scott, was built in the late 18th century in the French chateau-style, with corner towers and conical turrets.
There are extensive gardens, while the castle contains old masters, tapestries, fine furniture and plate, as well as early Scottish armaments.
The castle is believed to be haunted by the “ghost of a harpist who was hanged in 1644 for peeping at the lady of the house”. Castle visitors have reported to have heard the sound of a mysterious harp being played.
|The 'Nef' salt or spice cellar|
This picture shows a ‘Nef’ an extravagant table ornament and container made from precious metals used in the Middle Ages and Renaissance period, formed into the shape of a ship. As well as being a decoration, it could hold salt or spices, the latter being a very expensive commodity.
The Castle is first and foremost a family home; however its existence reflects the part played by the Campbells in the rich tapestry of Scottish and British History.
|The kitchen at Inverary|
The contents of the Castle span many generations and give a glimpse of the Campbell heritage and the way their ancestors lived.
History can often be lost through the years, but the Campbells have chronicled the past in order to share it with future generations.
They take great pride in their achievements, yet are conscious of their mistakes, something reflected in their family motto: ‘Ne Obliviscaris’. (Lest We Forget).
|The Armoury Hall Fireplace in the entrance at Inverary|
The Castle is open to the public and they look forward to welcoming you onto their lands and into their home.
That is I for Inveraray Castle – a family home ensuring that the recording of Scotland through the ages is not forgotten ... part of the ABC series of Aspects of British Castles
Bob Scotney featured Huntington Castle, Ireland for his H castle.
The beautiful photos came from the Inverary Castle website
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