‘What I admire here is the total defiance of expense,” (Dr. Samuel Johnson, essayist – who did not like Scotland at all, showed at least a little admiration for Inverary.)
Sadly, we made a left turn heading back to Edinburgh – but we still had some things to see along the way.
We passed Kilchurn Castle (on Loch Awe) which is one of the most photographed castles in Scotland. Well, actually its the ruins of a Kilchurn Castle – a castle that dates back to the 15th century. We did not see it from the best side because we were on the road – and the pictures were taken out the bus window.
Again, we passed some of those beautifully, green Scottish hills – this time with a herd of cattle meandering down the path at the bottom … and then on to the quaint, picturesque town of Inverary.
Inverary was the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyl. But the Third Duke wanted things his way, so he tore down the old castle and had a new one built – but this one was more a mansion than a true castle. At that time, the town was simply a few scattered cottages. But the Duke wanted a beautiful town to enhance his beautiful castle – and by the time the fifth Duke of Argyl arrived – a town was finally finished (18th century). The row of sparkling, white buildings along the loch attract many tourists and you can still visit the castle. The sport of shinty is big here which is sort of like field hockey, but not really.
Currently, the 13th Duke of Argyl and his wife, Eleanor, live at the castle. (Eleanor is a Cadbury of Cadbury Chocolate fame.) You can tour the castle and visit the gift shop. You can also take a virtual tour on their website.
Again, these pictures were taken out of the bus window.