(Please note – most of these attractions are open only from Easter to October, so please check up on the opening months and times to avoid disappointment.)
At the northern edge of the town of Inveraray, the castle is, unlike many in Scotland, in good condition, having been rebuilt in the 18th century. Don’t miss the Armoury Hall with a wide range of weapons including pikes (no, not the fish!), claymores (big old Scottish swords!), targes (shields) and so forth.
Museum dedicated to prison life in the 19th Century; Inveraray Jail, near the centre of the town, won the European Museum of the Year Award. The Jail consists of an old prison and new prison together with a courthouse. Tableaus of figures and guides dressed in period costume show you the reality of prison life in 19th Century Scotland. There is also an exhibition of torture in Scotland (some ideas for keeping the kids in order?) at the Jail. Inveraray Jail is Open All Year
Auchindrain Highland Township
South west of Inveraray (take the A38 south) is Auchindrain Folklife Museum, an open air museum of farming life. Wander through stone cottages with thatched roofs to catch a glimpse of how farming families lived in the past.
Beautiful woodland garden further south-west (A38) of Inveraray than Auchindrain. Trees and shrubs from all over the temperate world thrive in the superb setting of a natural highland glen.
Kilmartin House Museum, standing stones and cairns
The Museum of Ancient Culture was awarded the “Scottish Museum of the Year” in 1998. Over 5,000 years of human history are traced across the Kilmartin Valley. At least 150 prehistoric sites lie within 6 miles of the quiet village of Kilmartin
Cruachan – the hollow mountain
Power station visitor centre. Cruachan is situated on the banks of Loch Awe (take the A819 north). One of only four pumped-storage facilities in Britain, Cruachan is owned and operated by ScottishPower. It was constructed during the early 1960’s and was officially opened on October 15th 1965 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Power Station is built deep into the heart of Ben Cruachan. The only visible evidence of its existence is the high Storage Dam on the slopes of Ben Cruachan and the Administration Office block beside Loch Awe.
Ardkinglas Woodland Garden can be enjoyed through all seasons, but the most spectacular time is early summer. Take the A38 north east out from the town and follow it round the head of Loch Fyne. This garden is featured in the new BBC2 series Flying Gardeners. Another interesting stopping point at the head of Loch Fyne, is the Here We Are centre: exhibitions and projects concerning the local community.
The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower was erected by the 10th Duke as a memorial to Campbells who had died in war. Climb up the bell tower for a good view of the loch.
Mount Stuart House
One of the most spectacular houses of the 19th century sited on the accessible and unspoilt island of Bute, to the south west.
The town is is close to mountains offering breathtaking views to cyclists, climbers and walkers.
There is a Tourist Information Centre situated in the centre of Inveraray (only 5 minutes walk from the flat) – which can provide further details about local attractions and activities. The Visit Scotland website has information for visitors to all parts of Scotland. If you need someone to guide you round on your visit, the owner of Arkland is a fully qualified Scottish Tour Guide .