Out and About in Inveraray Argyll
Argyll is an unspoilt landscape of hills, glens and lochs, the traditional Kingdom of the Scots and birthplace of the Scottish nation. It has more coastline than France due to its many fjord-like inlets and bays. Famous for its hillbred beef, lamb and venison and fresh seafood from the coast and sea lochs. It is also home to some of Scotland’s most sought-after malt whisky.
Inveraray is the traditional county town of Argyll and ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, who founded the town in 1745, alongside his new dwelling, Inveraray Castle. Much of the town was designed and built by the Edinburgh-born architect Robert Mylne between 1772 and 1800.
The Royal Burgh of Inveraray is believed to be the first example of an eighteenth-century planned town which lies 60 miles north west of Glasgow on the shores of Loch Fyne, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Built between 1753 and 1776 by Archibald the 3rd Duke of Argyll, head of the powerful Clan Campbell, the town is an absolute set piece of Scottish Georgian architecture with its distinctive white-washed buildings and black window casings.
Things to do and see Inveraray
Inveraray is a gateway to the highlands & Islands of Scotland and provides an excellent centre for day touring. There is lot on offer for visitors to the area, the following information and links will help you plan your holiday.
There are many wonderful restaurants in and around Inveraray Argyll. The George and Loch Fyne Hotel are only a few minutes walk away. Both provide excellent lunch and evening meal menus. The George has live music most weekends from 9pm. There is also an Italian and Indian restaurant in the town that also provide a take away service. Slightly further afield for that special night out is the outstanding Inver Cottage and Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. Reservations are required for these restaurants so book ahead.
The are at least 20 walks of differing difficulty listed here with full descriptions and photos
The area is ideal for off-road cycling. Many of the routes are the same as those shown on walking maps. We can personally recommend cycling from Ardrishaig to Crinan along the canal tow-path (20 mile round trip). Cycle hire from Crinan Cycles of Lochgilphead is available. Tel. 01546 603511
There are several Munros to be bagged in the area, and the Arrochar Alps at the head of Loch Long is a short drive away and includes the Munros (over 3000 ft) of Beinn Ime, Beinn Vorlich, Beinn Namain, Beinn Vane and Beinn Arthur, or what about ‘The Cobbler’ and Beinn Luibhean, both Corbetts (2500 – 3500 ft).
Glencoe and Glen Etive a 90 minute drive boasts 26 Munros, including Bidean Nam Bian, Beinn Cruachan, Buchaille Etive Beag, Buachaille Etive Mor and the awesome ridge of Aonach Eagach.
Fresh water fishing is available on Loch Awe, close to Inveraray. Loch Awe Boats, Ardbrecknish, has fishing tackle, hire and sale Tel: 07703 112422
Row, Motor and Cabin Boats for hire for fishing and family expeditions on Scotland's longest fresh water loch set in magnificent West Highland scenery, rich in history and wildlife with enchanting islands and ruined castles to explore. Loch Awe Boats, Ardbrecknish Tel: 07703 112422 Swimming
The Loch Fyne Hotel and Spa is a few minutes walk from the house and has a 15m swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa. Day swim passes are available for non-residents. Tel. 01499 302148. There is a larger, public pool at Lochgilphead 40 mins drive.
Horse Riding & Paintballing
Argyll Adventure a few minutes drive from St Malieu Hall provides horse riding, pony rides, paintballing, wall climbing, bungee trampolines, bouncy castle, laser blast and crossbow target shooting. Hours of fun for all the family. Phone 01499 302611.
There are 25 golf courses within Argyll & the Isles. Full details here
This is a wonderful area to view gardens, renowned for their azaleas and rhododendrons, best viewed in May. There are in excess of 20 gardens to visit in Argyll including the National Trust's magnificent Crarae Gardens is only 10 miles away.
There are many heritage sites in and around Inveraray Argyll. Inveraray Jail, Scotland's living 19th century prison, is open all year round. A family favourite and highly recommended. Auchindrain Township, an open air museum, is an original West Highland Township, presenting a taste of what life was like for the Highlander in past centuries.
Kilmartin House There are more than 800 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin, Argyll, many of them are are prehistoric. This extraordinary concentration and diversity of monuments distinguishes the Kilmartin Glen as an area of outstanding archaeological importance. It is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes.
The Bell Tower of All Saints Episcopal Church, Inveraray. If you want to impress a campanologist, the bells have the second heaviest ring of 10 in the world! Good views of Inveraray from the top of the tower.
St Conana's Kirk, Loch Awe, is a church well worth a visit if in the area.
Hill House, Helensburgh, is a National Trust for Scotland property, designed by Charles Renee MacIntosh and considered his finest domestic creation. Worth a visit if you enjoy interior design.