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.
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.
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.
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