Top Attractions in Inveraray, Argyll

The Duke of Argyll founded the town of Inveraray in 1745 and his ancestors still live in Inveraray Castle, one of the area’s most popular attractions, to this day. The hotel makes a great base for exploring a selection of national parks, mountain ranges, lush gardens and a choice of beautiful islands, which are dotted across the water like a spectacular pearl necklace.

There are many other attractions close to the hotel and in the surrounding local area to choose from, whether you’re on a romantic weekend break, a spa weekend, or an ‘outdoorsy’ holiday with the kids. Here are our top ten:


Crinan Canal / Tel: 01546 603210 (canal office)     

The Crinan Canal links Loch Fyne at Ardrishaig with the sound of Jura, creating a waterway through the Kintyre peninsula in the heart of Argyll. Every year hundreds of boats make the journey along the nine miles of “Britain’s most beautiful shortcut”. Open all year. Suitable for the whole family.


Crarae Gardens / Tel: 01546 886614  

Near the banks of Loch Fyne, visit the UK’s finest example of an exotic Himalayan-style woodland garden. The garden is open all year from 9.30am until sunset. Visitor centre open 10am - 5pm daily from 23March - 31July, and Monday - Friday from 1August - 31 October. Suitable for the whole family.

Adults £6.50 / Family £16.50 / Concessions £5.


Auchindrain Township Museum / Tel: 01499 500235  

Auchindrain is one of the last townships to survive and was in operation until 1963. The visitor centre has a shop and a tea room which is open 10am – 5pm daily from 1April – 31 October. Suitable for the whole family.

Adults £6.30 / Concession £5.20 / Children (aged 5-17) £3.60.


Inveraray Jail / Tel: 01499 302381   

The jail provides an educational glimpse into the harsh living conditions of prisoners during the 19th Century. Open 9.30am – 6pm from April – October, and 10am – 5pm from November – March. Last admission is one hour before closing. Suitable for the whole family.

Adults £8.95 / Senior £7.50 / children (aged 5-17) £4.95.


Inveraray Castle / Tel: 01499 302203    

The castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the clan Campbell. This picturesque castle incorporates Baroque, Palladian and Gothic architecture and features four castellated towers at each corner. It is set in 16 acres, two of which are formal gardens. Downton Abbey fans will perhaps already know the castle was the chosen location for the Christmas episode in 2012. Open 10am – 5.45pm from 1 April – 31October. Suitable for the whole family. 

Adults £10 / Concessions £9 / children (under 16) £7. Last admission is at 5pm.


Loch Fyne Oyster Bar / Tel: 01499 600264     

This all started with one inspirational idea - to grow oysters in the clear, fertile waters of Loch Fyne - and has developed into a cluster of businesses whose success is built on an honest approach to superb quality food. Suitable for all oyster fans. Open 9am - 5pm Sunday to Thursday and 9am - 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays.


Loch Fyne Ales / Tel: 01499 600120    

The team at Fyne Ales brewery, shop and bar pride themselves on producing outstanding craft beer. If you like your ale, this is a must-visit! Open seven days a week 10am - 6pm.


Ardkinglas Woodlands / Tel: 01499 600621

Located on the shores of Loch Fyne against a spectacular background of mountains and forests in the village of Cairndow, Ardkinglas Woodlands holds ‘The world’s tallest tree’ record. Open all year round and suitable for all. Sturdy footwear is advisable.


Cruachan Power Station / Tel: 01866 822509   

Hidden deep within the mountain of Ben Cruachan on the shores of Loch Awe is Cruachan Power Station. Here you can discover one of the wonders of the Highlands – a power station buried 1 kilometre below ground. At its centre lies a massive cavern high enough to house the Tower of London! Take a guided tour through the mountain then visit the cafeteria and gift shop. Open February – mid December.

Adults £6.50 / Concessions £5.50 / Children (aged 6-16) £2.50.


Inveraray Bell Tower

It takes 176 steps to reach to top of the ten-belled All Saints Bell Tower...but the beautiful views from the top will make all your efforts worthwhile. The bell tower rang to mark several special events during the 2012 Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It reopens in July 2014.


If you have any tourism queries, please feel free to contact us on 01499 302980 and we will do our best to help.