Top 10 Things to do in Inveraray, United Kingdom (UK)

January 19, 2018 Marianna Hollaway

Inveraray; (/ˌɪnvəˈrɛəri/ or /ˌɪnvəˈrɛərə/; Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Aora; pronounced [ˈinvɪɾʲ ˈɯːɾə] "mouth of the Aray") is a town in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is on the western shore of Loch Fyne, near its head, and on the A83 road. It is a former royal burgh, the traditional county town of Argyll, and ancestral home to the Duke of Argyll.
Restaurants in Inveraray

1. Argyll Adventure

A83 | 2 miles south of Inveraray, Inveraray PA32 8XT, Scotland +44 1499 302611
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5 based on 304 reviews

Argyll Adventure

So much to do with 9 fantastic activities on offer, Horse Riding, Children’s Pony Rides, Horse Riding Instruction / Lessons, Paintballing, Paintball Range, Laser Storm, Crossbow Range, Climbing Walls, Bungee Trampolines as well as a Café and picnic areas. Our activities are suitable for children and adults, corporate groups or parties. You can mix and match your activities and spend a couple of hours or the whole day with us. All of our activities are supervised by our friendly staff, with the emphasis on fun, challenge and safety. We are 3 miles south of Inveraray on the A83 and well sign posted. Visit our website for full details and restrictions.

Reviewed By Serdendipity - Pennsylvania

I've visited Argyll Adventure for lessons and trail rides numerous times. Very well run facility situated on Loch Fyne with stunning scenery. Staff are always very friendly and welcoming. The main thing I like--other than the riding which is always fun--is that they seem to take very good care of their horses. Also, safety is a top priority.

2. Crarae Garden Argyll

Inveraray PA32 8YA, Scotland +44 1546 886614
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4.5 based on 191 reviews

Crarae Garden Argyll

Reviewed By LesGUk - East Anglia, United Kingdom

Visitor centre etc closed when we were there, main toilets were locked but the disabled toilet was unlocked. To me this is more of a forest walk, nothing wrong with that it’s very nice but there are not many flowers. Enjoyed spending time there but would not go out of my way to see it.

3. Inveraray Castle

Inverary, Inveraray PA32 8XE, Scotland +44 1499 302203
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Inveraray Castle

This stately castle was once home to the Dukes of Argyle.

Reviewed By moodymcsue - moodymcsue

We drove through the Highlands, departing the Isle of Arran by ferry, staying in Fort William and Inverness, and exploring along the way. On our way to Fort William we visited Inverary Castle. The town of Inverary is charming, with small shops and lots of places for a quick meal. There's parking at the castle gates, but we left the car on the main street and walked through the town, up the curving driveway to the castle. We took the self-guided tour of this real-life home of the Earl of Argyle and his family. It is a grand home! Interpretive panels and guide cards give lots of detail about the history of the place, how it was built, when it has been updated, and how the present family enjoys it. We spent about an hour inside, then went out to enjoy the garden. We could have stayed there for 2 hours, exploring the pathways and views down to the loch, but we had to move on to reach our evening's destination. Staff on duty are friendly and helpful. We didn't try the tea shop, but saw lots of happy guests enjoying it. It really is a fairy tale sort of place, and worth the trip. If you walk along the driveway, look out on your right to playing field as you leave the property. You'll see a standing stone out at the edge of the field.

4. Inveraray Jail

Main Street, Inveraray PA32 8TX, Scotland +44 1499 302381
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Inveraray Jail

Step back almost two centuries and discover the stories of the real men, women and children who were tried and served their sentences in this prison. Visit the Courtroom; explore the Cells in the Old and New Prisons; try out the wooden beds and hammocks; sample the punishments; experience the Whipping Table; take your turn at the Crank Wheel. Meet the Warder and Prisoners and get locked up in the Airing Yards. Listen to dramatic true tales from the characters in the Jail’s past brought to life with our FREE interactive audio guides. Available in six languages.

Reviewed By SGrierUK - Stevenston, United Kingdom

Whilst in I Inveraray, my wife and I visited Inveraray Jail. This is a historical tourist location which shows how criminals were treated in Scotland in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The audio system shows what would happen to prisoners, from their conviction in the local, Sheriff, court to how they spent their time.
On arrival to the Inveraray Jail we paid for the tour and we were given an audio system with would talk to us when we reached specific parts of the tour:
The first sections was about the historical punishments - before the time of the jail. This detailed the punishments which were dealt out to 'criminals' their crimes ranged from stealing a sheep to cavorting with the devil, where the unfortunate woman was burned at the stake.
The following sections detailed how the punishment of criminals progressed and was reformed. The first section, here, was the Sheriff court room, with the criminal and the jury. The sheriff - judge - and the prosecution and defence consul. You can hear the proceedings, and in the audio system you can hear about three cases and what punishment was given.
Walking out of the court, and into the jail proper, Inveraray Jail shows the prison cells and what the prisoners did during their days whilst in prison. The original jail is first, which was initially a mixed prison, each cell holding up to 24 prisoners. This became the woman's prison when the mens prison was built.
This tour is a fantastic piece of history, it is fun and interesting and you will learn a lot about the historical Scottish legal system, and the unique punishments prisoners had to suffer whilst incarcerated.
Inveraray Jail is a fantastic tour, and a fantastic location. You must visit this fantastic location.

5. Auchindrain Highland Farm Township

Auchindrain, Inveraray PA32 8WD, Scotland +44 1499 500235
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Auchindrain Highland Farm Township

Auchindrain is the only surviving example of a Highland Farm Township that was not abandoned or modernised, and is now preserved as a museum and run by an independent charity. The 21 acre site offers visitors a fascinating insight into life and work in the past. Auchindrain is a conservation project in progress, and we pride ourselves on being true to history. We're not a theme park or a glitzy commercial attraction. If you don't like the idea of gritty realism please don't visit us and then leave a bad review because we're not something we don't claim to be.

Reviewed By EF13Nick - Barnard Castle, United Kingdom

A fascinating site giving a real insight into the life of ordinary people in the area in the past. There is more potential, however, if only there was investment in the site to open up more of it and add further items and information. There is also a good cafe and the staff are friendly. Great to combine a visit with the lovely circular walk from Furnace and back - helped by the fact that the museum and the cafe are dog friendly.

6. MotoScotland

Inveraray PA32 8XG, Scotland
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MotoScotland

MotoScotland is Scotland's premier, award winning off road motorcycling centre. Based on a private, breathtakingly beautiful Highland 50,000 acre estate. We offer off road training, trail riding experiences, trail bikes sales, and retail. Rated by RIDE magazine as "Britain's Best Off Road Motorbike School" and the UK's only centre to have its training rated as "Advanced Rider Training" by insurers, council road safety officers and the government.

Reviewed By MChio - St. Louis, MO

Believe it or not, we went all the way to Scotland from the US to do this course. It is actually a great value compared to many of the larger off road schools in the USA. We made this a part of larger vacation which included Dublin and Belfast. We didn't have to haul any of our riding gear with us. Absolutely everything we needed was provided. The bikes were in good condition and the perfect size for this kind of training. We were also provided with all safety gear including gloves and helmets. Clive, our instructor, was amazing. He is not only an experienced rider, knowledgeable about the terrain and riding techniques, and concerned with everyone's safety, but he was also just an awesome guy. His priority after safety was that every person had a good time. He was very upbeat and always motivating and encouraging each of us all day long. I did Level 1 and my husband did Level 1 & 2. I have ridden road bikes for 30 years and I genuinely came away with a lot of knowledge and new skills that I will carry with me and use in the future. My husband plans to conquer the TransAmerica Trail next summer so he stayed on for further training.
We were very fortunate to have good weather both days. It rained all the days leading up to our training and the day after. The facilities were well set up and all your belongings are secure as you go out riding. The property and trails are awesome and there were great views. Clive and Donna provided us with lunch and plenty of snacks and fluids to get us through the day. The riding is exhausting for sure. It's very physical work. We were all sweating while practicing our drills on the first 50 degree day. I was anxious at times but as I said, Clive was always very encouraging and no one ever had to go beyond their comfort level as we put our new skills to the test on the trails. There were 5 trainees total the first day (everyone else continued to day 2). We all worked very well together and had a good time.
I was very impressed with how organized and well thought out everything was. Clive really knows what he is doing. I can only assume the other trainers are just as awesome as him. We stayed in the town of Inveraray of course. It's a lovely little town and I would recommend the George where we stayed. It seems to be "the place" to be in the evenings for dinner and drinks. Guests of the hotel have preference for Seating at the tables (there were people waiting every night we were there). The training site is only 5 minutes away from town. What more can I say? Don't hesitate.

7. Loch Fyne Whiskies

Main Street West, Inveraray PA32 8TU, Scotland +44 1499 302219
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Loch Fyne Whiskies

Reviewed By Chelsea B - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

I was very sad to be travelling hand luggage only which ruled out buying some whiskey but the staff were very friendly and informative.

8. Dun Na Cuaiche Woodland Walk

Inveraray Castle Grounds, Inveraray PA32 8YB, Scotland
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Dun Na Cuaiche Woodland Walk

Reviewed By MChio - St. Louis, MO

Walked this alone on a beautiful fall morning. Saw 2 other hikers the whole way. Moss covered trees, ruins, babbling brooks, fog/mist and stunning views the higher I went. The view from the top was outstanding. I was above the clouds and could see the castle through the breaks. Took about an hour maybe to get to the top. Not terribly challenging but a nice little work out. Such a gorgeous view of Scotland in all directions.

9. Inveraray VisitScotland iCentre

Front Street | Argyll, Inveraray PA32 8UY, Scotland +44 1499 302063
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Inveraray VisitScotland iCentre

Reviewed By Randy K - Des Moines, Iowa

We enjoyed the town and water side very much. Staff was helpful here. Confirming a lot of what we had researched which means both that they were great and we had down our homework. Highly recommend stopping here.Hi RandyKasal, Thanks for taking the time to review our Inveraray iCentre. I'm glad your research went well and I hope you enjoyed your visit to the area. I'll pass on your comments to the team - they'll be delighted! Many thanks, Hazel

10. Fishing Trip Scotland

Inveraray PA32 8XE, Scotland
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Fishing Trip Scotland

Reviewed By GeemacAuckland - Auckland

We had an amazing day with Duncan, a passionate fisherman and environmentalist. We learnt so much, not only about fly fishing but also about the countryside, the plants and animals in Scotland and the changing landscape. We unfortunately picked a time when the river was at an all time low and the salmon were not arriving in numbers. My husband did manage to hook up a small trout (very small!!). Duncan was very open about the fact that we would probably not catch anything but this did not detract from the day. Just being on the River Orchy, miles from anywhere was bliss. Duncan provided everything needed for the day, and we also had home made vegetable soup for lunch! He also managed to find me a castle to look at on the way home. We would recommend Duncan to anyone and we are looking forward to going back when the rivers are running higher.

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