Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, Argyll – Clan Campbell
Inspired by a sketch from the same man who designed the stunning Blenheim Palace, Inveraray Castle is an impressive building situated a stone’s throw away from the banks of Loch Fyne.
The castle was constructed in its current form in 1743, replacing an older building which previously occupied the same land for hundreds of years.
It is one of the first examples of the Gothic Revival style which would go on to be used on numerous important structures in the subsequent years, such as Tower Bridge and St Pancras Railway Station in London. It was, however, only after a fire in 1877 that the castle’s signature conical spires were added to give the building its unique and eye-catching architectural style.
Despite the castle barely surviving this tragedy, it would come even closer to being destroyed again in 1975 when another fire would damage large parts of the structure. It is only thanks to a worldwide fundraising effort, and the Campbells being forced to sleep in the building’s basement while a large restoration project was undertaken, that the castle was able to return to its former glory once more.
Today, Inveraray castle welcomes thousands of visitors into its ground every year. It was also prominently featured in an episode of the hit TV show ‘Downton Abbey’ after the producers of the show decided to film large parts of the series’ 2012 Christmas special within the castle grounds.