What to do and see in Inveraray, Scotland: The Best Things to do Good for a Rainy Day

August 23, 2021 Leonarda Pillsbury

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. MotoScotland

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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.

2. Argyll Adventure - Inveraray

Dalchenna Farm Dalchenna Farm, 2 miles south of Inveraray, Inveraray PA32 8XT Scotland +44 1499 302611 [email protected] http://www.argylladventure.com
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Argyll Adventure - Inveraray

So much to do with 7 fantastic activities on offer, Horse Riding 1hr and 2hr Treks, Children’s 20-minute Pony Rides, Horse Riding Lessons, Paintball Games, Paintball Range, Laser Tag and Crossbow Range. 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 2 miles south of Inveraray on the A83 and well sign posted. Visit our website to book an activity and for full details and restrictions.

Reviewed By Wagamomo

The team at Argyll Adventures are very professional, the trip we went on was very well organised with safety and fun equally measured. Our hour trek along a lovely path with views out to Loch Fyne was terrific for both adults and kids, the ponies are very well trained calm and friendly. The team encouraged and guided us through out. A really memorable and fun experience.

3. Fyne Malts of Inveraray

Main Street East, Inveraray PA32 8TP Scotland +44 7748 493299 [email protected] http://www.fynemaltsofinverary.com
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Fyne Malts of Inveraray

Speciality Scotch whisky, Scottish gins and gifts. We'll help you find your Clan Crest and which other Scottish Clans and family names your family is associated with. We have a large range of specialist Scottish gifts.

Reviewed By marleytraveller1 - Glasgow, United Kingdom

We don't often get the chance to Inverarary, but when we do we always go to see Andy the owner, he never forgets a face and is a welcome sight to him every time we visit. His shop is much more better than loch fyne whiskies and you get much more than just buying whisky it's an education. Love Andy and hope he's still there in years to come.

4. Inveraray Castle

Inveraray PA32 8XE Scotland +44 1499 302203 [email protected] http://www.inveraray-castle.com
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Inveraray Castle

Inveraray Castle is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll and their young family. Ancestral home of Clan Campbell. Iconic visitor attraction on the West coast of Scotland.

Reviewed By Marls1234

I had an amazing time at Inveraray Castle. All staff were lovely, the gardens were magnificent, the castle itself is a fantastic historical gem and the scones in the tea room are to die for. Notably, my guide Bridget was extremely informative and her bubbly personality absolutely made our day. Thank you Bridget.

5. Inveraray Jail

Church Square, Inveraray PA32 8TX Scotland +44 1499 302381 [email protected] http://www.inverarayjail.co.uk/
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Inveraray Jail

Fully OPEN pre-booking not required. The health and well-being of our visitors and team is our highest priority and special arrangements will be in place for the foreseeable future. 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 pennyw343 - County Durham, United Kingdom

Really warm welcome as soon as we entered the jail - unusual thing to notice at this kind of attraction! - and a fun chat about how welcome dogs are. We didn't have a dog but it seemed a good feature to us, rather than making them stay in a car! The audio guide was extremely good: informative and provided a purposeful and fun way to take in all the information, which was added to nicely by the costumed guides strategically positioned. Lots to see - but not too long - interactive in places too: the photo booth is a fun idea, sitting in the court, trying out the hammocks etc were all engaging. Decent shop at the end. Fully recommended.

6. The Courtyard

Front Street, Inveraray PA32 8UY Scotland +44 1499 302202 [email protected] http://www.thecourtyardinveraray.co.uk
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The Courtyard

A beautiful gift shop selling arts and crafts, cards, prints , paintings, jewellery, stained glass, candles, soap, driftwood, ceramics, garden artefacts, homewards,incense, lambs wool scarfs, Italian leather bags, purses, fashion scarfs, local artwork, wood turned by John Caunter and lots more. Brands stocked include Andrew McCallum, Orli, Scottish Sea Glass, Pretty Pink , Sarah Tempest, Catriona Archibald, Sophie Oliver, Cara McKinnon Crawford, Clare Baird , Cedarbank Studio, Breuke Art, Ian Gowdie, Dug Eared Designs, Leesh of London, Lomond Soap, Peppermint Grove, Bomb Cosmetics, and Arran Aromatics. The building is an old court house and custom house, which was built in 1755, and once contained a school, court, and prison. What is now the Inveraray Inn was once known as the Great Inn and was build to accommodate the judges and lawyers associated with the Justiciary Courts. Opening 5th April 2021

7. The Christmas Dove

1 Main Street West, Inveraray PA32 8TU Scotland +44 1499 302522 https://www.facebook.com/The-Christmas-Dove-613621282403373/
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The Christmas Dove

Inveraray's only all year round Christmas shop was opened in 2010. Filled with lots of special memories for your Christmas tree. We stock scents, toys, cards and lots more. On the run up to Easter we also stock Easter tree decorations for those who can't resist. We are a small family run business and we aim to be open 6 days a week with reduced hours in the winter time.

Reviewed By kitzbuhel5

A welcoming quaint little Christmas shop in Inverary full of lovely decorations etc. Worth a visit. Central location

8. Loch Fyne Whiskies

Main Street West, Inveraray PA32 8TU Scotland +44 1499 302219 [email protected] http://www.lfw.co.uk/
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Loch Fyne Whiskies

Reviewed By I9801OAchrisb

Went in for a particular malt, was recommended one as better than its more expensive bottlings which is definitely true! Large selection, knowledgeable and friendly staff.

9. Inveraray Woollen Mill

The Anvil, Inveraray PA32 8UY Scotland +44 1499 302166 [email protected] http://www.simplythebestdestinations.co.uk
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Inveraray Woollen Mill

Reviewed By patriciadC1757BG - Madrid, Spain

Souvenir shop with everything you’re searching for from Scotland. Selection of whiskey and gin. Walkers shortbread. Cashmere, tweed and other small souvenirs. Nice prices

10. Purdies of Argyll Ltd

6B Main Street West, Inveraray PA32 8TU Scotland +44 1499 302899 [email protected] http://www.purdiesofargyll.com
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Purdies of Argyll Ltd

Purdie’s of Argyll is a family-run company that makes soaps, candles and skin care products on the west coast of Scotland. All of our soaps and beauty products are handmade using certified organic base ingredients. Those ingredients are then blended with pure essential oils to produce a unique and ethical product that contains no nasties, is vegan friendly and has never been tested on animals. You can discover the full Purdie's range of beauty products for yourself on a visit to our shop in picturesque Inveraray. The town sits on the western shore of Loch Fyne and is home to a castle, (ancestral home to the Campbell Clan), a jail, (open all year round to visitors), and the author, Neil Munro's, famous Vital Spark Puffer. Purdie's shop sits near the top of Main Street directly opposite the renowned George Hotel and can be reached in just over an hour from Glasgow by car or bus.

Reviewed By L1653XUleem

Stumbled across this shop and noticed three sell some bits for men such as beard oil and soap. Reasonably priced so thought I’d give it a go. Amazed! By a mile the best product I have ever used and this includes Kielhs beard out which is over £40 and half the size. The quality of the product was obvious from the 1st use and only gets better with time. I recommend all beardies ditch what they are using for a bit and give this a go. The fragrance is amazing too and actually quite therapeutic, especially the lavender and menthol as I was feeling poorly and feel so much better. Such a great product, both the oils and the soap.

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