The award-winning “Downton Abbey” television series follows the fictional lives of an aristocratic family
and their domestic workers on a great English estate.
On this tour you can Explore like your favorite characters from the award-winning period drama series,
among them fictional aristocrats Lady Mary and Lord Sinderby.
Great Scottish Tours (GST) can arrange for your tour to begin at any departure point, such as your hotel, in the cities of
Glasgow, Edinburgh or Stirling.
Visit Inverary Castle, Which was the spectacular film location for the final episode of Downton Abbey Season 3, at the home of the fictional Lord and Lady Flintshire, parents to Lady Rose.
Inveraray Castle is located on the banks of Loch Fyne, 60 miles from Glasgow. Inverary Castle has been located here since the 1400s.A Journey To The Highlands’. The gothic Inveraray Castle in Argyll played the part of Duneagle Castle in the episode, and saw the cast reclining in the castle’s State Dining Room for a grand dinner, as well as fishing and stalking in the castle’s sprawling grounds.
As the real-life home to the Duke Of Argyll, the castle boasts beautiful manicured gardens and opulently decorated rooms that hold everything from ceramics and paintings to antiquities. If you’re interested in history and seeing the wild beauty of the Scottish countryside, be sure to book this spectacular tour.
Inside, you can tour an impressive array of these rooms, many shown in the Downton Abbey episode, such as the Armory Hall, in which 16th to 18th century arms adorn the walls. In addition to the Scottish weaponry, the castle houses an outstanding collection of furniture and paintings.
Three Avenues & The Watch Tower
At Inveraray there are three important avenues: the Lime Avenue radiating to the South West of the Castle, the Town Avenue and the Glen Shira Avenue. Other highlights are the
‘Watch Tower' at the top of the hill to the North of the Castle, the Doocot (Dovecote) which can be seen from the Avenue leading from the North West of the castle car park and Garden or Frew's Bridge.
Downton Abbey is a wildly popular show, the seat of the Duke of Argyll, head of the Campbell Clan, the castle is located in the most idyllic spot.
Today, it is home to the Duke and Duchess of Argyll and their children, and its rooms tell the story of the Campbells, once the most powerful clans in the Scottish Highlands.
THE FILMING PROCESS
If you’re a Fan & interested in the filming process at Inveraray Castle, take a look at the Daily Mail’s article in which the Scottish aristocrats who own this stately home were interviewed.Eleanor, the Duchess of Argyll, (who lives in the 17-bedroom castle with her husband, Torquhil, the 13th Duke), said of the cast:
‘They were charming,’ says Eleanor. ‘Especially Rob James-Collier, the actor who plays conniving footman Thomas, which rather threw us. I told him I had wanted to hate him.’
What a fabulous experience it must have been for the Duke and Duchess of Argyll to get to know the cast, and have Downton Abbey filmed in their home. But then, if your home is a castle, what more could you ask for? It’s the stuff of dreams. Minus the electric bill, of course.
THE INVERARAY JAIL
Step through the doors of Inveraray Jail and step back in time to the 19th Century prison.
Experience what life was like for the real men, women &
children - some as young as 7 years old- Who were locked up here.
Explore the most atmospheric historic buildings at your leisure and meet costumed
characters who animate the past in this unique living Museum.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE!
Torture, Death and Damnation
Your journey starts in the Torture, Death and Damnation exhibition, which reveals the many gruesome forms of punishment and deterrents used before the days of county courts and prisons. Discover how criminals were branded with hot irons or had their ears nailed to a post. You can even try out the actual thumbscrews used to inflict pain – if you dare!
Walk the narrow corridors, see the cramped, overcrowded cells and witness how young children were kept in cells alongside lunatics. Hear the jangle of keys and the sound of heavy boots echo in the corridor as the Warder comes to lock you up. Meet the prisoners and listen to their stories about life in jail.
Compare the Old Prison with the New Prison. Built in 1848, it was a model prison in its day. Try out the hammocks and the wooden beds, get strapped onto the whipping table or take a turn on the crank wheel. Find out about the people held here, from prisoners transported to Australia to those who served time for trivial crimes such as stealing a turnip. Visit our modern day cell – is prison life too easy today? Uncover amazing facts in all four floors.
Enter the spectacular courtroom. Take your seat alongside the witnesses and listen to extracts from actual trials held in this room over 150 years ago. Imagine that you were in the dock, facing time in Jail. Feel the tension as the sentence is passed. Now it is time to make your way down to the prisons…
A special feature of the castle is its spectacular gardens,
sixteen acres of a stunning flowerbeds, park and woodlands.
Here, during the latter part of the 19th century, distinguished visitors such as
Queen Victoria and David Livingstone were asked to plant trees,
as was the custom of that time.
THE BELL TOWER
Bell Tower will find an exhibition in the base of the tower which covers the history, the bells and their ringing.
A spiral staircase takes you up to the ringing chamber and then on to the bell chamber.
From here the magnificent peal of 10 bells can be seen close up.
A total of 176 stairs will bring you out on the roof of the tower where you will be
rewarded with spectacular views of Inveraray,
Loch Fyne and the surrounding mountains.
Tour Scotland video of the castle and gardens at Inveraray on the shore of Loch Fyne, Argyll. Work on the castle began in 1743 and replaced an earlier 15th century castle. In October 1746 the foundation stone was laid. Built in Gothic Revival style, later additions included a third floor with dormer windows and steep conical roofs. The village of Inveraray was moved in the 1770s to give the castle a more secluded setting. It has been the seat of the Dukes of Argyll, chiefs of Clan Campbell, since the 18th century. The 2012 Christmas episode of Downton Abbey was partly filmed here; the castle portraying the fictional Duneagle Castle. Inveraray Castle also featured in a series on Scottish castles made by American broadcaster PBS. The topography of Inveraray and its close proximity to Loch Fyne form one of Scotland's most recognisable landscapes. The mature parks, gardens and woodlands of the Inveraray estate contribute significantly to the surrounding scenery. The surrounding high moorland and distant mountains of Argyll provide a spectacular wider setting for the castle
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