On my recent trip to Scotland I was very excited to visit Inverarary Castle which was featured in the last episode of Downton Abbey, Season 3. The Crawley family traveled to Scotland to visit Duneagle (Inverarary) and spend time with Lady Rose’s family, including Robert’s cousin Hugh (Shrimpy) and Susan, his unhappy wife. While they were there the men went stalking (hunting) and fishing, the women enjoyed walks in the garden and a picnic by the loch, and everyone took part in the ghillie (servants’) ball.
I enjoyed touring the castle with author and friend Cathy Gohlke along with forty-one new friends, all women, who were on the tour led by author Liz Curtis Higgs.
Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, the Chief of the Clan Campbell. This impressive castle is located on the shore of Loch Fyne, one of Scotland’s longest sea lochs and has been the Campbell family’s home since the 17th century.
We walked through several beautifully decorated rooms including the Dining Room and Armoury Hall, which were featured on Downton Abbey.
The Armoury Room Inverarary Castle.
I loved the small circular dish room and the beautiful paintings upstairs in the bedrooms.
Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s daughter, who married John Campbell, the 9th Duke of Argyll.[/caption]
Azaleas and many other flowers were blooming in the beautiful gardens.
Do you recognize this view of Inverarary Castle below? Mr. Bates and Anna found Rose hiding from her mother under those arches.
Until next time, happy reading!