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Inveraray, a small town with just 512 inhabitants, couldn't be any more picturesque. Nestled in the inlet of Loch Fyne, this harbor town is a place straight out of a dream. Visit the museum village Auchindrain, which is only a few kilometers away - the particularly well-preserved buildings are among the most important of agriculture in Scotland. Visit the Kintyre peninsula too, in particularly good weather, you can even see Northern Ireland. A visit to Inveraray Castle, built by Archibald Campbell in the 18th century, is worthwhile.
The entire region is touristically developed, with Inveraray being the centre - the entire town centre is listed buildings and offers a picturesque townscape. Pay a visit to Inveraray Castle, where the Duke of Argyll resided. Another highlight of the region is Inveraray Prison, where actors provide an interactivie and authentic visit. The Auchindrain Museum is an open-air museum recreating Highland agriculture in a whole village.
The beautiful landscape around Loch Fyne is ideal for enjoying nature with various organisations offering different trips and activties. For example, go horseback riding on the beach or enjoy a boat trip on the lake but don't forget your fishing rod - the area is known for its abundant fish population. For more action, visit one of the motocross routes or kayak on the open sea. For adrenaline junkies, the area offers some white water rafting, abseiling or mountaineering.
Even today, the Chief of the Campbell clan, the Duke of Argyll, resides in the castle of Inveraray. In the middle of the 18th century, the then duke decided to build a completely new castle - to do that, he demolished the entire village of Inveraray and rebuilt it some distance away to get enough space for his new castle, gardens and parks. In 1746, the reconstruction of the square castle began in the Gothic Revival style and after a fire in 1877, the castle was extended by a new roof and attic storey. Today, the Inveraray Castle shines with its towers and and is partially visitable for tourists.
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