Inveraray Castle, Loch Fyne, Scotland

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Where is Inveraray Castle
On Loch Fyne, between Glasgow and Oban

It is still a family home, and a shrine to the Campbell Clan

The parts which are open to the public are the main reception rooms and a suite of former bedrooms. One of the upstairs rooms is now the `clan' room containing a vast Campbell family tree  In the towering entrance hall has the shields of different Campbell families on the ceiling

History of Inveraray Castle
Built in the mid 18th century on the site of an earlier building, Inveraray Castle is a fine early  example of Scottish Baronial style

It seems to have acquired a reputation for ghosts.

In 1644 the Duke of Argyll was driven from Inveraray by the Marquis of Montrose. the Duke's harpist was left behind, and discovered by Montrose, who ordered the man's execution. The ghost of the harpist still wanders the castle, wearing his Campbell tartan and playing his harp

On 10th July 1758 a Physician called William Hart  was walking in the grounds with two other men. To their astonishment, they saw a battle taking place in the sky, between Highland soldiers and French soldiers. The Highlanders, they saw, had to retreat, leaving many dead behind. Two ladies also saw the battle in the sky. It was some weeks later that news arrived from America telling how a Highland regiment had lost 300 men on that day attacking a French held fort

Also there is said to be a ghost that foretells the imminent demise of the Clan Campbell chief. It is said that a ghostly galleon, similar to the one on the Campbell coat of arms, sails up Loch Fynne and does not stop when it reaches land, instead continuing to sail on over the land

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