Visit Inveraray - the Gateway to Argyll
Visitor Attractions

| Inveraray Castle | Arctic Penguin | Inveraray Jail |
| Bell Tower | Auchindrain Township | Ardkinglas Woodland Garden | Crarae Garden
Inveraray Castle


The Castle

Home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll

Open 1st April to 31st October

Monday to Saturday 10am-5.45pm

Sundays 12noon-5.45pm

Last Admissions 5pm

Shop and Tearoom

Booking enquiries to:
Argyll Estates Office
Cherry Park, Inveraray, Argyll.
Tel : +44(0)1499 30 2203
Fax : +44(0)1499 30 2421

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Maritime Museum

Arctic Penguin
The Arctic Penguin Live Webcam
Live Webcam The Vital Spark
The Vital Spark at Inveraray
The Arctic Penguin and The Vital Spark
Unfortunately this attraction is Closed at the moment

Voyage back in time aboard the Arctic Penguin,
a 3-masted Schooner built in 1911

The history of the Western Seaboard brought to life

On-board cinema with breathtaking archive film

See the horrendous conditions of human cargoes to the new world

Children can explore Davy Jones Locker
blow the foghorn, ring the telegraph
try the Pirate's Ghost Illusion

Unique Nautical Gift Shop, tea, coffee and take away

Open April to October, daily 10am to 4pm
Tel: +44(0)1499 30 2213

Scotland's last working Clyde Puffer, the VITAL SPARK of Glasgow (previously Eilean Eisdeal), returns to the birthplace of Neil Munro, author of the Para Handy Stories. She was the last of the VIC class of puffers to be built. Trips on the Loch may soon be available.


Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Jail

Scotland's Living 19th Century Prison
Torture, Death and Damnation Exhibition

Sit and listen to trials in the 1820 Courtroom
Talk to guides dressed as Warders, Prisoners and Matron
Visit the two prisons and experience the sounds and smells as they would have been
Stroll in the Airing Yards. Try the Crank Machine, Whipping Table, Hammocks and see the "In Prison Today" exhibition

Superb Scottish Craft and Book Shop
Come and see Katie - the Governor's Cow - she milks, she moos, she flicks her tail.

Open all year
Tel: +44(0)1499 30 2381     Fax: +44(0)1499 30 2195

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The Bell Tower

The Bell Tower

All Saints' Episcopal Church

Contains Scotland's finest bells,
the 2nd heaviest ring of 10 in the world

Open mid-May to September
10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm daily
Exhibition free

There is a small charge to ascend the tower by easy staircase to see these world famous bells
and also the spectacular views over Loch Fyne and Inveraray

A Mecca for visiting ringers from all over Britain
Ringers and Bells can sometimes be watched in action
At other times, recordings of the bells can be heard

Further Information tel: 01546 60 2315

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Open Air Museum
5 miles from Inveraray on the Campbeltown road.

An original West Highland Township, Auchindrain is an extraordinary attraction, which brings a historic farming village back to life. On entering the Township visitors step back in time to witness how the local community used to live.

The cottages and outbuildings have been restored and preserved and furnished in the style of various periods and offer the visitor a fascinating glimpse of what life was like for the Highlander in past centuries.


Display Centre, shop, car park, toilets, refreshments, picnic area.

Contact: Auchindrain Trust, Auchindrain, Furnace, Inveraray, Argyll, PA32 8WD
Tel: +44(0)1499 500 235

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Ardkinglas House and Woodland Garden
Ardkinglas House (6K) Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

Why not visit Ardkinglas House. This glorious house is open to the public every Friday between April and October at 2pm - 7.00, school age children 3, younger children free. Phone 01499 600261 to book for house tours.

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, open all the year round, contains one of the finest collections of Conifers in Britain. The champion tree trail has 9 champions including the "Mightiest Conifer in Europe", a monstrous Silver Fir with a girth in excess of 30 feet and the "Tallest tree in Britain" measured by plumb line, a Grand Fir which is over 200 feet tall.

In spring and early Summer the display of Rhododendrons and Azaleas are at their best along with the spectacular bluebell carpet.

The Garden can be enjoyed through all the seasons both by the plant enthusiast and those wanting a peaceful woodland walk and is home to red squirrels, pine martens and a variety of birds.

The Gazebo with "Scriptorium" based around a collection of literary quotes is unique to the area and will inspire the imagination.

The garden is located in Cairndow village just off the A83 Loch Lomond to Inveraray road. It is open daylight hours all year round. There is an admission charge of 4.50, concessions 3.50, children under 16 free. Car park, picnic area and toilets are all available.
Less than 15 minutes from Inveraray

Enquiries to: Estates Office, Cairndow, Argyll. PA26 8BH
Tel : +44 (0)1499 60 0261   Fax : +44 (0)1499 60 0241

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Crarae Garden
Crarae Garden
Gardens are open all year, Visitor Centre open Easter to Autumn
The Crarae Gardens Charitable Trust
Inveraray PA32 8YA

Tel/Fax:- +44 (0)1546 88 6388 Admin.
Tel:- +44 (0)1546 - 88 6614 - Visitor Centre
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Argyll Wildlife Park
although still mentioned on a number of web sites and in guide books, this attraction unfortunately closed several years ago.