A completely one-off opportunity for 2021 – this impressive castle will be closed to visitors and available for private rental. The 13th Duke (Torquhil) and his wife (Eleanor) and children live in the house in separate, private apartments.
The Old kitchen (non-working) complete with brass batterie de cuisine and jelly moulds
State dining room – original exquisitely painted walls by two French artists
2nd dining room
Formal drawing room with adjacent ‘music’/television room turret
Saloon with grand piano used by Lerner & Loewe when writing My Fair Lady
Family kitchen with breakfast room turret
Double bedroom with super king-size four poster bed, adjoining single turret bedroom and en suite bathroom
2 twin bedrooms that can be made into super king-size doubles, both with en suite bathrooms
Double bedroom with super king-size bed (can be made into a twin), adjoining turret bedroom with double four poster bed and en suite bathroom
Double bedroom with super king-size bed (can be made into a twin) and en suite bathroom
Double bedroom with super king-size four poster bed, adjoining drawing room and en suite bathroom
Single bedroom with four poster bed
All bathrooms have large baths, no showers
The following rooms are just for show- guests are welcome to view these rooms but they are not included for use:
Tapestry drawing room
The Clan room
The Victoria room
The garden covers sixteen acres, of which, around two acres are formal lawns and flowerbeds, the remainder being park and woodland. The estate forms one of the most important designed landscapes in Scotland and within the gardens are trees planted by distinguished visitors including Queen Victoria, David Livingstone, William Gladstone.
Fibre-optic WiFi in bedrooms and sitting rooms
Bio-chip central heating (except in the state rooms)
Ping pong table
Monogrammed, quality linens and bath products
TVs in main bedrooms and drawing room turret
Family portraits by Gainsborough, Batoni, Opie, Ramsay, Lely, Raeburn
A chef and staff can be arranged (payable extra)
The following can also be arranged subject to season and availability (payable locally)
Whisky Tastings – either with the Duke or other expert from Loch Fyne Whiskies
History Tour of the castle with Duchess or Head Guide
Stag/hind stalking in season (Oct/Nov)
Wildlife tours with Estate Gamekeeper
Highland games for guests
Clay pigeon shooting
Tea in Queen Victoria’s lodge overlooking a waterfall
Walks on the Estate including one to Dun ne Cuaiche watchtower overlooking the castle, estate and loch
Situated on the shores of Loch Fyne, in Argyll, Western Scotland
Near the castle is the pretty town of Inveraray, built by the 3rd Duke in 1750s
Oban is 1 hour by car
Glasgow is 1.5 hours by car
Edinburgh is 2.5 hours by car
Drive from London in 8 hours
Fly to Edinburgh or Glasgow airport
Helicopter transfers can be arranged (payable locally)
Car hire is recommended to explore the local area
The walks and avenues of the Argyll Estate date back to the mid 17th century Acts of the Scottish Parliament during which period, landowners were encouraged to plant trees and manage their woodlands.
Follies and fanciful buildings have been added by successive generations creating majestic views and extraordinary scenes for the enjoyment of guests.
The estate is one of the few places to still have red squirrels, golden eagles, sea eagles, otters, plus deer and highland cattle.
The town of Oban ‘The Charing Cross of the Highlands’, is a key centre for ferry links to the Hebridean Islands with a busy hub, a wide choice of restaurants, pubs and shops.
Other nearby activities include:
Loch Fyne oyster bar- stocks a wide range of produce as well as the renowned local seafood
Ruin of Innischonnel, Duart Castle, Dunstaffnage Castle or Kilchurn Castle
The Whiskey Coast
Inner and Outer Hebrides
Snipe shooting is available on the Isle of Tiree. The Island also provides exciting wildfowling, especially goose shooting
Loch tours – Loch Fyne & Loch Awe
Whale watching (Oban)
Off road driving
Hillwalking/Mountaineering (Munro, Glen Coe & Ben Nevis are close)
Golf (local 9 hole & Loch Lomond is 40 minutes away)
Traditional music tuition (bagpipes, fiddle etc)
Fishing – loch & sea
Botanical Gardens at Benmore & Crarae
Mount Stuart (Isle of Bute)
Corrivreckan whirlpool tours
Iona, birthplace of Christianity in Scotland
The ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell, an Inveraray Castle has been standing on the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400s, although the impressive castle known today was inspired by a sketch by Vanbrugh, the architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard in the 1700s.
Best known now as the chosen location for the Downton Abbey Christmas 2012 episode. The West Highland’s spectacular hills, lochs and glens were used throughout the episode. The Scottish scenes opened with the Grantham party arriving at the castle, to be welcomed on the original front steps of the castle (gardens entrance), before going into the Armoury Hall. Dinner was held in the State Dining Room, sparkling with Argyll family silver and gold nefs. Other scenes included the Grantham and Flintshire ladies strolling in the formal gardens, target practice for stalking in the garden, a family picnic over-looking the Dhu Loch, Anna and Bates picnicking by the river, stalking scenes high in the estate grounds and salmon fishing in the river.
This is an incredibly special opportunity to stay in one of the most historically important and impressive buildings in the British Isles.