Inveraray Castle is an icon of Scotland. The seat of the historic Campbell clan, this property stands proudly on the picturesque shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll. From its extensive grounds, cast your eye across a landscape of wooded hills punctuated by follies, and shimmering inlets settled by tranquil hamlets. It’s the perfect setting for a Highlands retreat – and you can now book it for exclusive use.
The Third Duke of Argyll built this castle in the 1700s and it remains in the same family to this day. In contrast to the stern, Gothic-revival exterior, the castle interior is lavishly neoclassical. Specially commissioned Beauvais tapestries adorn the walls of the drawing room, while the armoury hall showcases a dazzling array of old weaponry, arranged in fanned displays beneath the highest ceiling in Scotland. From the extravagant state dining room to the saloon with its grand portraits, every inch of Inveraray Castle feels imbued with history. The six double rooms here are equally sumptuous, three of which occupy the castle turrets and feature four-poster beds fit for nobility.
Outside, the estate – comprising more than 20,000 hectares – is a playground for country pursuits. Depending on the season, enjoy a spot of clay pigeon shooting, salmon and trout fishing, Highland games, and trail walking. Should the weather be against you, whisky tasting is certain to warm your cockles, while expert-led music tuition allows you to get to grips with Scotland’s traditional instruments.
The on-site helipad and nearby private airport allow you to fly directly to and from Inveraray, while the main airports of Edinburgh and Glasgow are conveniently close.