Inveraray Castle (Scotland)
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Inveraray Castle is an estate near Inveraray in the county of Argyll in western Scotland, on the banks of Loch Fyne, the longest of the lakes of Scotland. It was the residence of the Duke of Argyll, chief of Clan Campbell, since the seventeenth century.
Inveraray Castle has been standing on the banks of Loch Fyne since 1400, although the imposing castle as we know it today was inspired by a sketch by Vanbrugh, the architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard in 1700.
Vanbrugh died shortly after, but the germ of the great architect of an idea became the foundation of the house that the 2nd Duke was at the end of building. The first stone was laid in 1746, and what followed was the building - a project by architects Roger Morris and William Adam - a castle in truly modern Gothic, Baroque, Palladian and architecturally ahead of time.
The residence is mainly in neo-Gothic style of the mid-eighteenth century. The designers who worked there include William Adam and Roger Morris.
Inveraray Castle is a historic building in category A. It is surrounded by a 16-acre garden area of 60,000 hectares.
The Inveraray Castle would be haunted by the "ghost" of a harpist who was hanged in 1644 for spying on the hostess and that is reflected by the sound of a harp, which would have been reported by visitors to the castle.